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THE NEW LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPISTS CAN’T STOP SMILING because finally their efforts paid off after undergoing a very tedious review on the Course Work for Massage Therapy before taking the Licensure Examination on December 2011. Forty LMTs in Davao Region took oath on January 27 at Grand Menseng Hotel, Davao City. (Photo by Melvia Malubay/LMT)
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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012

Council to tackle proposed traffic code soon

by Mai Gevera-Macapagat

DAVAO CITY, Jan 13 (PIA) -- The city council is scheduled to tackle the traffic code, considered a pet project of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio who sees it instrumental to the sound management of the city’s road network.

City councilor and committee chair for transportation Pilar Braga announced that the traffic code is on the deck now. With these laws in place, Duterte sees a more efficient traffic flow and safer streets for Dabawenyos.

Salient features of the code include the expansion of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code which will allow for operation of motorized tricycles for-hire, designation of one-way streets, and public-pay parking zones.

The code provides for the creation of a rationalized and unified City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO). “ At present, we do not have an office that oversees the entire traffic management like planning, traffic education and other concerns,” Braga said.

If approved, the city will then be allowed to hire city-paid traffic enforcers other than the police. The city government can then issue city traffic citation tickets apart from the LTO-issued TOP.

From the penalties of the erring motorists and their registration fees, the Traffic Management Trust Fund will be put up and used for traffic improvement projects.

Another salient point that Braga shared is the institutionalization of traffic impact assessment as requirement for selected establishments. This way, even if new infrastructure are built, the traffic flow would remain smooth.

It also enshrines the policy that urban road space is scarce resource whose usage must be allocated judiciously through sound traffic management.

The proposed Rationalized City Transport and Traffic Management Office will then be composed of divisions like administrative and support, traffic engineering, traffic enforcement and street management, transport planning and management, facilities management and operations, and franchising and regulatory. (PIA/Mai Gevera-Macapagat)

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