The installation of pedestrian dividers in the central business district’s overpasses was the subject of a legislative monitoring and evaluation by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), the result released last week.
The monitoring yielded observations from Baguio City Police Office head Ramil Saculles and City Engineer Edgar Victorio Olpindo
Saculles noted that pedestrian discipline and orderliness was achieved due to the installed pedestrian dividers, specially at the overpasses connecting Maharlika building, Abanao street and the Igorot garden.
Olpindo poses no objection to the project, however noted that some overpasses are too narrow for permanent or temporary pedestrian dividers.
Stall shops seen to constrict passages should be immediately removed to widen the bottleneck area beside the Maharlika livelihood complex prior to installation of temporary dividers. Funds should also be allocated for the purpose, Olpindo said.
Both offices, CEO and BCPO agree to the provisions in the resolution.
The legislative monitoring is based on a resolution crafted in 2009, where the late Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas observed illegal vendors and pedestrians compete for moving space. A divider would discourage vendors and a clear delineation of lanes for pedestrian use, it was noted.
By: Julie G. Fianza