City Information Office head Richard Ligad will also be taking over the City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) as its department head.
Ligad said in an interview with Palawan News that his first agenda is to clean the CTMO.
“Gaya ng ibang mga nahawakan nating programa siyempre nais natin ma-implement dito ‘yong trabahong may puso. Hindi lang basta pagtatrapiko sa lansangan, nandoon din ‘yong pagiging humanitarian. Pangalawa, ipa-implement natin ‘yong talagang rules sa ating kalsada, maging seryoso tayo at nandito tayo sa hanay na paglilinis ng departamento. Iyan ang unang-una nating dapat gawin.” he said.
On Monday, Ligad started with his internal cleansing activities, asking CTMO staff to choose if they want to be “colorum” tricycle drivers or traffic enforcers.
He said this is also to protect the welfare of the tricycle operators who have franchises from the city government.
“It’s either mamasada na lang sila or mag-traffic enforcer sila. Kasi ang pangit na ang isang traffic enforcer namamasada ng gabi pero kolorum ang dalang tricycle. Pangit naman ‘yon.” Ligad expressed.
He said it is “very unfair” to franchise holders that they are being “overpowered” by colorum tricycles, which he thinks are dominating the roads, especially at night.
Ligad said he also wants to prioritize drivers who follow the traffic rules that are being implemented.
“Kailangan nating protektahan ‘yong mga tricycle na may franchise. Ibig sabihin n’on, paiigtingin natin ‘yong paghuli sa mga colorum sa lahat ng lansangan dito sa atin, sa mga kanto-kanto particular, kasi kawawa ‘yong mga may franchise na tricycle. Sila dumaan sa proseso, kumuha ng mayor’s permit, kumuha ng mga papel, may binabayarang buwis, tapos pagdating sa kalsada hindi sila napa-priority dahil mas dumarami na ‘yong walang franchise.” he said.
He also vowed to be more strict in implementing the “Outer Lane, Inner Lane” policy as part of his first agenda.
Aside from being the City Information Office (CIO) and the City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) head, Ligad is also the chief of the City Anti-Crime Task Force (ACTF) and the Solid Waste Management (SWM).