The City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) has installed three new traffic lights in several areas in Puerto Princesa, including the intersection at PSU National Highway, Ospital ng Palawan (ONP) and the corner of Valencia Street and Rizal Avenue.
The new lights, which have an approved budget of Php3.5M per area, are expected to go fully operational within a month. “Hinihintay na lang natin yung mga connections ng ilaw/ kuryente na gagamitin sa traffic lights dahil inaayos pa ng PALECO,” Allan Mabella, Special Operations Officer of CTMO, said in an interview when asked on the current status of the said project.
The CTMO is also preparing the modules and system that will determine the light’s timing of electrical flow. The said modules are still undergoing programming in Manila but the CTMO expects them to be returned by next week. “By next week, babalik na yung module para maikabit sa traffic lights. Okay naman na ‘yung supply ng kuryente, ‘yun yung magdidikta ng timing ng patay/sindi ng ilaw sa isang area,” he added. Unlike the older traffic lights, the new ones are highly upgraded in terms of timing of the electrical flow, design (from bulb-LED) and system performance.
In an interview, Mabella said that aside from the three traffic light systems installed, three more will be added which will be placed in the intersections of Baltan-Malvar, Malvar-Lacao and Valencia-Malvar. These future additions already have a standby budget and are ready for proposal this year; a study is also being conducted concerning the installment of the additional lights in relation to the expected opening of SM Hypermarket.
Lastly, Mabella clarified that the performance of the old traffic lights will catch up with the new ones since they are also upgrading its system. “Kasi hindi naman hahayaan na ‘yung lumang system pa rin ‘yung gamitin kasi pag nag upgrade nawawala rin talaga sa mga supplier ‘yung mga luma, kaya ‘pag nag-upgrade ng ilaw, kasabay yung mga luma,” he said.
The local government has also scheduled and approved a budget for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the lights, including changing/re-installment and upgrades.