Kahit wala si Mayor: Cebu drums up preps for traffic code

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Despite the no-show by Cebu City, the Cebu provincial government held a summit to address the hellish traffic situation in major urban centers in the province.

Stakeholders from local government units and private institutions presented their plans for a unified traffic code during the summit.

Organizing the summit last May 9 were the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board and the Cebu provincial government (

Officials from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) were also present during the whole-day summit.

Cebu Governor and MCDCB chairman Hilario Davide III stressed the need to formulate a unified measure in solving the worsening traffic woes in Metro Cebu.

He said the traffic is a problem not only in Cebu City, Talisay City, or Mandaue City, but in neighboring areas as well.

Even without the Cebu City government, Davide said he is confident that traffic solutions will still be in sync.

“We respect the decision of the Cebu City Government and Mayor (Tomas) Osmeña… We’ll find out where we can unite because this is one common problem,” said Davide.

The provincial governments the inputs from traffic management officers and LGU representatives were consolidated and will be used to formulate a unified traffic code for Metro Cebu.

It cited a study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency showing traffic congestion in Metro Cebu amounted to a loss of at least P132 million a day.

Also, JICA said that despite Metro Cebu having 1,398.2 km of road network, traffic congestion has been aggravated by the unloading of jeepneys or taxis on the road.

Meanwhile, MCDCB Executive Director Evelyn Castro emphasized the need for LGUs to regulate “culturally-sensitive activities,” such as processions and town fiesta celebrations.

Jonathan Tumulak, Cebu provincial government focal person for traffic management, said the Capitol will continue to support traffic management solutions the best way possible, including traffic education to enforcers.

“We will continue with our goal in establishing a Cebu Traffic Enforcers’ Academy. Traffic can be resolved if we all cooperate,” he said.