Jul 8, 2020

City Council calls out traffic office on unconsulted road schemes

The city traffic management office (CTMO) is alleged to be acting on its own without the ordinance or endorsement from the City Council.

The City Council has called out the traffic management office (CTMO) for not consulting the implementation of some road schemes on the streets of Puerto Princesa.

Councilor Elgin Damasco, chairman of the City Council’s transportation committee, reported on Monday that Lacao Street was temporarily placed under a one-way traffic scheme to avoid jams during the construction of the SM Mall.

However, he said that until now, the road scheme has not been returned to two-way, resulting in traffic issues in the areas surrounding the mall.

“CTMO turned it into a one-way street during an emergency which was during the construction of SM. Ngayong natayo na ang SM, nagre-request sila na ibalik na ito sa dati,” Damasco said.

The concern opened a can of worms, with him citing the CTMO’s implementation of certain traffic schemes in the city that were not consulted to the City Council nor covered by resolutions and ordinances.

Damasco alleged that the CTMO is acting on its own without the ordinance or endorsement from the City Council.

City councilor Peter Maristela took the opportunity to press the escalating traffic situation in Barangay San Pedro allegedly caused by the “misplaced” traffic lights in two of its intersections less than 20 meters apart.

“Kailangan din nating malaman kung bakit sila nag-decide na maglagay doon ng traffic lights. Meron man lang ba silang study or facts na mai-pre-present?” Maristela questioned.

Lawyer and councilor Herbert Dilig affirmed Damasco’s report and Maristela’s statement, pointing out that the CTMO be called for a questioning hour next council session to present “any and all hard facts or data” that may support their several traffic adjustments made in the city.

“They have to present existing traffic schemes and their basis for doing such. There seems to be no ordinances [about such schemes] perhaps it’s best for them to explain and inform the body of the existing scheme,” Dilig said.

Councilors Damasco, Awat, Dilig, Maristela, Oliveros, and Gabuco piled on the issue citing other traffic schemes such as H. Mendoza and Manalo streets which may have been enforced without the promulgation of the city ordinance.

“Hindi naman puwedeng basta-basta na lang silang gumagawa ng aksyon kaya magandang linawin natin ito sa kanila,” Awat said.

CTMO has yet to issue a statement as they are preparing the documents asked by the City Council.

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