BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan wants all concerned stakeholders in the city to submit to the city peace and order council (CPOC) their suggestions and recommendations on how to solve the monstrous traffic jams when vehicles and visitors flock to the city during prolonged weekends.
He said the CPOC will meet on January 20 solely to deliberate on possible means to help decongest the city from monstrous traffic jams during long weekends, especially with the upcoming completion of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX by the end of this year, which would make travel to the city shorter.
“We want everyone to have their voices be heard by experts so that we will be able to see all issues and concerns in all angles and for us to be able to craft the most feasible solutions to our traffic woes,” Domogan said.
Among the initial proposals that cropped up during the Yuletide traffic congestions included the opening of Kennon road, Marcos highway and Naguilian road to one way traffic in certain times of the day, opening up of public schools with wide spaces as pay parking areas, installation of directional signs and signs indicating proposed alternate routes and the tapping of volunteers to man traffic choke points around the city.
Domogan said the influx of a huge volume of vehicles from the lowlands contributed in exceeding the carrying capacity of the city’s narrow roads that contributed to the monstrous traffic jams.
Furthermore, Domogan cited the full cooperation of all stakeholders in addressing the city’s traffic concern should be dealt with accordingly because the welfare of the greater majority of the populace is the primordial concern of the city government.
He ordered law enforcers of the Baguio City Police office (BCPO) to continue exercising due diligence in dealing with the traffic jams around the city, especially during long weekends to lessen the impact of the congestions to the city’s economic development.