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LIAC on transportation tackles traffic scheme, truck ban

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The City Administrator’s Office on Thursday afternoon convened the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) on the Enforcement of Land Transportation Regulations to tackle pressing issues affecting traffic in the city’s main thoroughfares.

City Administrator Apple Go presided over the meeting in line with Mayor Beng Climaco’s directives to exhaust all means to improve traffic situation in the city in partnership with the police and other law enforcement agencies and stakeholders.

Topping the list in the agenda was the ongoing pipe laying project of the Zamboanga City Water District which has been aggravating traffic congestion; assessment of the experimental one-way traffic scheme which is on dry run starting March 20 covering the west coast area with the phase II to start on March 27 covering the central business district and the implementation of Executive Order 233-2016 or the truck ban in parallel with the experimental one-way traffic scheme.

While the LIAC acknowledged negative feedbacks concerning the experimental traffic scheme, there were also positive outputs noted in the first phase of the dry run. More comments, complaints and recommendations are expected once the second phase of the dry run covering the city proper area will start next week.

The LIAC on the enforcement of land transportation regulations was created by Mayor Climaco through Executive Order 238 to serve as an “organized and well-coordinated committee composed of the LGU and national government agencies to act as the decision-making, coordinating and consultative body, to include supervision and monitoring that shall implement and/or cause the carrying out of the various activities, plans, programs and projects.”

The creation of the committee to discuss, deliberate and thresh our issues concerning traffic, was based on recommendation of the Land Transportation office regional director.

The Committee is chaired by the mayor with the LTO regional director as vice chairperson. Members include Councilors Josephine Pareja (committee on peace and order) and Elbert Atilano Sr. (committee on energy and public utilities), City Administrator Go, the Highway Patrol Group regional director, the City Schools superintendent, and the Department of Public Works and Highways regional director. (Sheila Covarrubias)




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