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PIA Press Release
2008/08/21

Siquijor tackles traffic problem, fears negative impact on livelihood

by Rizalie A. Calibo

Siquijor (21 August) -- Members of the Siquijor Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) sounded an urgent call to the local Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) here to heighten road safety measures and deploy more police personnel in the wake of the alarming number of vehicular accidents particularly among minors.

During the recent PPOC meeting, officers and members voiced out the need to strengthen police visibility in all municipalities of the province, specifically in vital entry points and main thoroughfares.

With the presence of police personnel, Provincial Prosecutor Jose Imaculado Palmitos said, we would be able to minimize violators, ease traffic problems and avoid vehicular accidents in our area.

Regulating the number of passengers in "habal-habal" is also seen as one of the solutions to the problem. While we cannot stop them from making out their livelihood, we can at least monitor and regulate the number of passengers allowed per trip, one of the members said. Identification, monitoring and apprehension of certain criminal elements should also be strengthened," the group added.

Driving under the influence of alcohol, removal of essential parts of motorcycle, overspeeding, overloading particularly in "habal-habal", minors driving without license are among the deplorable acts that greatly influence the increase in number of vehicular accidents.

Head of the Office of the Senior Citizens' Affair (OSCA) Virgilio Ybanez also sees the possible effect of the increasing number of passengers vehicle plying the province. He said the LTO should also look into the possibility of coming up a scheme that regulates the entry and or registration of more passenger vehicles while checking the road capacity. He noted that that since the establishment of the number of vehicle dealers here, motorcyles have proliferated that might also have contributed to traffic congestion.

Ybanez fears that one of the crucial factors that contributes to traffic congestion is the tendency of the volume of vehicles to exceed the maximum capacity of the streets to accommodate smooth traffic flow. He said that if registration of vehicles is not well regulated, the province's roads will be loaded with passenger units daily that could worsen livelihood and traffic problem.

He explained that the situation will not only worsen traffic congestion, but will also affect the drivers' and operators' income as there will be more units who will be serving the same multitude of passengers everyday. "Imbis maningkamot mokita, wala na nuoy abot kay mas over na man ang sakyanan kaysa sumasakay, he said.

Ybanez pointed out that everyone in the community need to work together to address the traffic problems because traffic is a show-window of the province that can certainly attract more tourists and investors to come. (PIA) [top]

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