CAGAYAN de Oro City-Due to the perennial vehicular traffic problem in the city, a councilor strongly urged Mayor Oscar Moreno to convene a Traffic Management Board.
In a privilege speech before his colleagues Monday during the City Council’s weekly session, Councilor
Teodulfo Lao Jr. said he was disheartened at what happened last Friday when commuters had to wait five hours before they could go home due to a downpour that precipitated a huge traffic clog.
During the session, Lao enumerated all the streets in downtown Cagayan de Oro that experienced traffic jams last Friday afternoon from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
It was learned that many public jeepney drivers opted to cut their trips short that day not only due to the traffic but also because of flooding in certain areas.
The traffic jams in between those hours also coincided with three fires that occurred almost simultaneously, pinning down firetrucks.
Also last week, strict checkpoints implemented by the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) caused a long line of stuck vehicles from barangay Tablon to Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental and in Lumbia highway.
Lao admitted that the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) could not do their tasks alone without the help of experts, thus the need of a Traffic Management Board.
He said the Traffic Management Board must be composed of 15 members chaired by the mayor and composed of the RTA, representatives from public transport groups, the local petroleum dealers, the mass media and civic organizations as members.
Lao’s proposal was unanimously endorsed by the City Council to the office of Moreno for action.