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Bacolod mulls new body to enforce traffic master plan

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The city government of Bacolod will form a policy-making body that will implement the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)-crafted local traffic master plan.

This aims to strengthen the city’s traffic management system, said Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

“We will create a new policy-making body that can monitor the function and performance of traffic enforcers,” he also said.

Last month, MMDA chairman Danilo Lim turned over two volumes of the traffic master plan intended to improve the traffic situation of the capital city.

“We are now in the process of reviewing, studying the recommendations to find out what we can afford for now, and we will implement it first,” Leonardia said.

One of the priorities of this project, he added, is to improve the competence of the traffic enforcers.

Recommendations include the establishment of a new and modern traffic signalization system that can “talk to each other” and the passage of an ordinance increasing the fines against traffic violators as well as education and training, and capacity-building for Bacolod Traffic Authority Office enforcers.