Cal­izo: RTA not ef­fec­tive

‘RTA’s traf­fic so­lu­tions are short term and pose risks to mo­torists’

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CA­GAYAN de Oro City Coun­cilor Romeo Cal­izo crit­i­cized the Roads and Traf­fic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (RTA) for giv­ing what he called “band-aid” so­lu­tions to the traf­fic prob­lem, giv­ing the depart­ment

depart­ment a fail­ing grade.

Cal­izo is des­ig­nated to head the com­mit­tee of the whole which is tasked to dis­cuss the city’s traf­fic prob­lem. He said the com­mit­tee has yet to meet as he awaits the re­port of Coun­cilor Teo­dulfo Lao Jr. who chairs the com­mit­tee on pub­lic util­i­ties.

“Ku­lang ug broad and bold projects sa en­gi­neer­ing as­pect, puro lang bandaid so­lu­tion, even on their law en­force­ment,” Cal­izo said.

The coun­cilor cited as an ex­am­ple the prac­tice of park­ing ve­hi­cles and trucks by the road­side due to the lack of park­ing ar­eas in the city.

He said this so­lu­tion is short-term and if not ad­dressed, will only pose risks to mo­torists.

“Ku­lang sa en­force­ment, en­gi­neer­ing, page­d­u­cate sa mo­torists, ug pag­pan­gita sa en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic ef­fects sa traf­fic prob­lem,” he said.

“Bagsak ang RTA, pero paghatag ug im­me­di­ate so­lu­tions pasar sila. I ap­pre­ci­ate them for giv­ing short term so­lu­tions kay makada­gan pa man gi­hapon ta,” he added.

He said the RTA’s traf­fic plan has not worked and is not ef­fec­tive.

This is why Coun­cilor Lao said Mayor Os­car Moreno should con­vene the Traf­fic Man­age­ment Board (TMB) the soon­est pos­si­ble, a re­quest he asked twice al­ready with the first in June.

“I do not know what hap­pened why it did not push through be­cause the last time I heard, gisugod na­man daw kadto ug con­vene. By con­ven­ing this body and putting peo­ple who are knowl­edge­able on traf­fic man­age­ment, we will pre­cisely help our RTA with their job,” Lao said.

The traf­fic man­age­ment plan, he said, should be the leg­is­la­tors’ guide in craft­ing traf­fic-re­lated poli­cies.

Lao said con­ven­ing the TMB is man­dated un­der a city or­di­nance.

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