RTA told to has­ten traf­fic plan

Lao says LPTRP is the best ma­te­rial to im­prove the wors­en­ing traf­fic

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City Coun­cilor Teo­dulfo Lao Jr. has urged the Roads and Traf­fic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (RTA) to has­ten the com­ple­tion of the Lo­cal Pub­lic Trans­port Route Plan (LPTRP) as one of the mea­sures to im­prove the wors­en­ing traf­fic sit­u­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Lao, the LPTRP is manda­tory re­quire­ment of ev­ery lo­cal govern­ment unit, per or­der is­sued by the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG).

In his spe­cial re­port, Lao said the trans­port route plan shall

com­ple­ment the traf­fic flow and will de­ter­mine the num­ber of ve­hi­cles fre­quently pass­ing in na­tional high­ways and ma­jor thor­ough­fares.

He said es­tab­lish­ing a trans­port route plan will cre­ate new route schemes that will pos­si­bly im­prove traf­fic.

Lao, the chair­per­son of the pub­lic util­i­ties com­mit­tee said, the RTA still fails to present the LPTRP in its se­ries of meet­ings. He said some­times, the traf­fic depart­ment can­not even pro­vide spe­cific data asked by the com­mit­tee.

“LPTRP is the best ma­te­rial ref­er­ence for traf­fic man­age­ment and en­force­ment, I keep on re­mind­ing to fast track it so we can come up with a con­crete so­lu­tion. I hope that be­fore this year ends, I hope there is al­ready LPTRP in place,” Lao said.

The RTA has yet to com­ment on Coun­cilor Lao’s re­port.

The traf­fic depart­ment has also been re­cently crit­i­cized by an­other coun­cilor, Romeo Cal­izo for only sup­pos­edly giv­ing band-aid so­lu­tions to the traf­fic prob­lem. He said if he would give the RTA a fail­ing grade in their job.

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