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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

Davao dad mulls new odd-even scheme

by RG Alama

Davao City (24 June) -- City Councilor Peter Laviņa has passed a resolution which proposes a landmark odd-even traffic scheme for the city's major thoroughfares.

The proposal would involve a number-coding scheme. Plate numbers ending in odd numbers are banned in major city streets in particular days as private vehicles with plates ending in even numbers are only allowed. In particular days when odd-plate vehicles are allowed, even-plated vehicles are disallowed from plying these selected routes.

Laviņa said the proposal stems that the number of vehicles in the city is increasing yet the there are no significant infrastructure expansion like multi-level streets that could accommodate an increasing number of vehicles. He foresees the existing road system would eventually be strained by traffic.

"About 80% of Davao's vehicles are privately owned," Laviņa said. With increasing population, he sees an increasing number of vehicles.

He said for one, J.P Laurel will soon be congested with the opening of the Ayala mall and the planned SM development in the former Lanang Golf and Country Club. McArthur Highway in the city's south he also said is already clogged with vehicles.

"Time will come magiging congested na ang kalsada natin." Laviņa said, there must be a plan to decongest the streets. And one of his proposals is implementing an odd-even traffic scheme.

The scheme will be implemented on the City's busiest strips. Only public utility vehicles will be exempted from the scheme. Laviņa also says this is also an effort to mitigate climate change as a lesser number of vehicles plying the city's streets would mean lesser number of pollutants.

Laviņa says that vehicles are the number one contributors of greenhouse gases which exacerbate the effects of climate change. (PIA XI) [top]

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