'Amend traf­fic or­di­nances'

MMDA presents rec­om­men­da­tions to ease traf­fic in Ba­colod

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

THE Met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MMDA) al­ready re­leased its rec­om­men­da­tion to the City Gov­ern­ment of Ba­colod to ad­dress the traf­fic prob­lem in the city, Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran said yes­ter­day. Fa­mil­iaran said the MMDA’S rec­om­men­da­tions were al­ready dis­cussed by the mem­bers of the City De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (CDC), which was chaired by Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia, dur­ing its meet­ing on Mon­day. He said among the MMDA’S rec­om­men­da­tions were the hir­ing of ad­di­tional traf­fic en­forcers, re-rout­ing of some pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles, in­stal­la­tion of more traf­fic lights and pedes­trian lights, con­struc­tion of Cen­ter Is­land along Barangay Pa­hanocoy High­way, and amend­ing the traf­fic or­di­nances on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of penal­ties like the anti-jay­walk­ing or­di­nance.

Of 212 in­ter­sec­tions in Ba­colod, he added that about 30 in­ter­sec­tions were rec­om­mended by MMDA for the in­stal­la­tion of traf­fic and pedes­trian lights.

Fa­mil­iaran said the CDC will ap­prove a res­o­lu­tion and it will be for­warded to the City Coun­cil

for rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

He said the MMDA’S rec­om­men­da­tion is a big help to ad­dress the traf­fic prob­lem in the city.

In De­cem­ber 2018, the MMDA con­ducted a 12-day study in Ba­colod City for free.

The MMDA per­forms plan­ning, mon­i­tor­ing and co­or­di­na­tive func­tions, and in the process ex­er­cises reg­u­la­tory and su­per­vi­sory author­ity over the de­liv­ery of metro-wide ser­vices within Metro Manila.

A traf­fic master plan could cost mil­lions if done by pri­vate groups but MMDA is as­sist­ing Ba­colod City for free.

Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia ear­lier said that ac­cord­ing to a re­port of the Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (LTO), the num­ber of reg­is­tered mo­tor ve­hi­cles in Ba­colod in 2017 was 92, 827, or an in­crease of 7, 849 as com­pared to 84, 978 in 2016.

The LTO told Leonar­dia that the num­ber of ve­hi­cles in 2017, which was 92, 827, is al­ready comparable to the to­tal num­ber of cars of a re­gion in other parts of the coun­try.*

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TRAF­FIC sit­u­a­tion along Cir­cum­fer­en­tial Road, Lopue’s East, Ba­colod City.

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VICE Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran

THURS­DAY Club, an or­ga­ni­za­tion of busi­ness and civic lead­ers in Ba­colod City, held its monthly din­ner meet­ing hosted by Ra­mon Ki­layko at Re­sorts Ne­grense, Ba­colod City last June 21. The club has ex­isted for more than 25 years. (L-R) Nene Pacheco, Lito del Rosario, Uly Pri­ma­cio, An­dres Bene­dicto, Tony Uy, Jun-jun Mar­tir, Manny Par­roco, En­rique D. Rojas, Char­lie Shin, Monet Ki­layko, Tonet Ki­layko, Alan Ki­layko and Remy Su­atengco/pr

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