Public cooperation sought to ease Baguio traffic
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (19 June) -- Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Traffic Management Unit and the Transport Sector are asking for public's patience and cooperation on the traffic situation in the city especially with the opening of classes at all levels.
According to Public Transport Affairs Office head, Perfecto Jun Itliong, there are more than 4,000 Public Utility Jeepneys, about 3,500 taxi units and 28,000 government and private vehicles plying the city. He assured that as the city government, BCPO and the public sector are working hand in hand to address the issue.
Traffic woes is now more emphasized with the on-going road repairs along Magsaysay Avenue and Kennon road.
BCPO Traffic Management Head Engelbert Soriano also confirmed that there are too much vehicles plying the city and with the on-going road repairs, they are left with zero option on addressing the traffic problem, though they still continue with their hard work in finding a solution. For the meantime, they are consistently and strictly monitoring the traffic flow, especially during rush hours.
"We, in the traffic management unit, are like doing a balancing act especially in the central business district, as most of the roads are no parking zone. We don't have enough parking areas, " Soriano said.
Soriano reiterated that they really need the cooperation of the public, especially private car owners to instill discipline among themselves. Based on records, there are more apprehensions made on private vehicles.
Itliong also reiterated his appeal for the riding public's cooperation. He urged them to go to school or work early to avoid the rush hour traffic. "We really need discipline from our riding public," he said.
He also pointed out Itliong the problem of parking space for PUJs and private vehicles as he called on the city government, especially the incoming administration, to try the proposal to rationalize all loading areas (for PUJs) and for the establishment of a temporary detachable multi-level parking space in the city.
According to Itliong, if all existing PUJ units will parks in public or private lots in the barangays and not in the CBD, traffic flow will be better. A multi-level parking would also be a big help, not only on public utility vehicles but also to private vehicle owners and tourists as well.
For the safety of the riding public especially the students, Itliong also urged them to always wear their ID to separate them from out of school youths and lawless elements who wander outside school vicinities. The BCPO also already intensified police vicinity in school vicinities and other public places in the city, through the "Cops on School" program, which is part of their Oplan Balik Aral. (PIA) [top]