City skeds traffic lights after CCTV

Traffic lights in Dgte soon. Members of the Dumaguete City Bids and Awards Committee meets Lapu Lapu City Vice-Mayor Marcial A. Ycong (left) as he shows them the inside of the traffic and CCTV monitoring center. The CBAC members led by City Legal Officer Doram Dumalagan (4th from right) visited not only Lapu-Lapu City but also Minglanilla and Cebu City as part of the study so they can recommend the most appropriate traffic light system for this city. CBAC members include (left-right) Gilbert Ablong of Traffic Management Office, City Assessor Rowell Balbon, City Planning and Development Coordinator Leonides Caro, General Services Officer Azucena Gonzales, City Budget Officer Antonieta General and Atty. Conrad Concepcion.

With the CCTV project now ready for implementation within the next 9 months or earlier, the city government will next install traffic light system in major street intersections of Dumaguete City.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo recently directed members of the Bids and Awards Committee and Technical Working Group to conduct a study tour in Cebu City, Minglanilla and Lapu- Lapu City so they can make a recommendation which traffic light system will be most suitable and appropriate for the city.

The installation of traffic lights system is the next big project of Mayor Remollo to manage the traffic in the Central Business District and to ensure that enforcers will focus more on penalizing than actually manning traffic.

Based on initial estimates, the city will need at least P 16 million to install traffic lights in four major intersections that are incidentally part of national highways.

But these are still conservative estimates and Mayor Remollo is willing to cover as many major intersections of the city as recommended that the budget will allow.

The CCTV system will complement the traffic light system to help record the incidents of violations and identify the offenders. Citation tickets may be sent online or be reflected in the fees to be paid when the transact business in the city hall.

And as soon as the clamping and towing ordinance will be implemented through a private company, the traffic situation in the city’s center is expected to be more manageable, orderly and less congested.

If both CCTV and the traffic lights systems will be up and working, Mayor Remollo shall implement a no contact policy in the apprehension of violators of traffic rules to avoid enforcers from being seduced to accept bribes.