RTA seeks P100-M bud­get for 2019

RTA prom­ises to pur­chase speed guns, breath an­a­lyz­ers, and two-way ra­dios

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - PJ Orias

The Roads and Traf­fic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (RTA) is ex­pected to get an up­grade if it gets in full its pro­posed P100 mil­lion bud­get for 2019.

A to­tal of P100,926,792.00 mil­lion was pro­posed by the RTA for the salary of its em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing the traf­fic de­part­ment’s main­te­nance and other op­er­a­tional ex­penses.

Among the equip­ment the RTA promised to pur­chase next year are speed guns, a de­vice used in law-en­force­ment to mea­sure the speed of mov­ing ve­hi­cles to fully im­ple­ment the speed limit in the city. Also in­cluded is the pur­chase of breath an­a­lyzer to go af­ter drunk driv­ers, a two-way ra­dio base with an­tenna, among oth­ers, all worth a to­tal of P1.8 mil­lion.

The bud­get also in­cludes the salary of RTA’s em­ploy­ees amount­ing to P56 mil­lion, main­te­nance and other op­er­a­tional ex­penses with a bud­get worth P42 mil­lion.

The com­mit­tee of the whole has ear­lier de­ferred the RTA bud­get as it de­mands that RTA ex­ec­u­tives show first the traf­fic man­age­ment plan, oth­er­wise known as the Lo­cal Pub­lic Trans­port Route Plan (LPTRP). It is a manda­tory re­quire­ment of every lo­cal govern­ment unit per or­der is­sued by the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG).

It will sup­pos­edly be the leg­is­la­tors’ guide in craft­ing traf­fic-re­lated poli­cies.

But Coun­cilor Edna Dahino, who chairs the com­mit­tee of the whole said, the RTA has yet to present its traf­fic plan so far this week.

She said they are ex­pect­ing to re­ceive the plan on their meet­ing to­day or on Fri­day.

“We will still check for other in­for­ma­tion that we are look­ing for, and we need to dis­cuss it with the vice mayor who is still in Manila now,” she added.

Coun­cilor Teo­dulfo Lao Jr. mean­while said if the RTA fails to present the traf­fic plan, their P100 mil­lion pro­posed bud­get might be slashed.

(SUN.STAR FILE PHOTO)

A Road and Traf­fic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (RTA) per­son­nel stopped a jep­ney driver for vi­o­lat­ing a mi­nor traf­fic rule along CM Recto high­way.

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