MMDA sends team to Bacolod; panonoorin ang traffic

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A team from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is now on a 12-day stay in Bacolod City to study the traffic situation there.

The team is to stay from Dec. 2 to 13, during which it will gather the needed information to propose a traffic management master plan.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who asked the MMDA for the traffic master plan, thanked MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim for accommodating his request (

Leonardia said they saved millions of pesos as commissioning private groups to form a traffic master plan could cost millions of pesos.

The MMDA is doing the job for free, he noted.

“Not only are they equipped in academics, they have actual experience,” Leonardia added.

Leonardia met with MMDA Traffic and Engineering Center director Neomie Recio and the traffic engineers earlier this week.

With the mayor were:
– city administrator John Orola
– City Development and Planning Office head Mary Jean Ramos
– secretary to the mayor Edward Joseph Cuansing
– City Development Council vice chairman George Zulueta
– executive assistants Celestino Guara and Ernesto Pineda
– Bacolod Traffic Authority Office head Supt. Luisito Acebuche

Recio deployed traffic engineers and experts to the city’s busiest intersections at peak hours in the morning and in the afternoon.

Once the team finishes its 12-day study, it will bring the data to the MMDA office in Manila for analysis, which may take up to four months.