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City mulls new traffic measures


Several traffic measures are being explored by the local government to continue addressing the traffic needs and issues in the City.

City Administrator Apple Go on Monday said several resolutions were proposed and discussed during the most recent meeting of the Zamboanga City Traffic Operations Management (ZCTOM), among which includes the proposed extension of the truck ban, and the proposed allowable parking areas within the area of responsibility of the Zamboanga City Police Station 11.

Go said the proposed extension of the truck ban is targeted for another six months.

The truck ban, executed pursuant to Executive Order BC 203-2016, took effect September last year, with the intention of easing traffic congestion by prohibiting cargo trucks from plying main thoroughfares during peak hours starting from 6 AM to 8 AM and from 5 PM to 7 PM.

On the other hand, the parking proposal tackled during the ZCTOM meeting identified the allowable parking areas within the area of responsibility of the Police Station 11, Go said.

“We did an ocular inspection last Saturday together with station commander of Police Station 11 and EA Jawo, and there are proposals to allow one side parking on several areas, and there are streets identified as no parking areas,” said Go.

She said the proposal on the allowable parking areas was discussed during the ZCTOM to review the existing traffic ordinance and to complement the one-way scheme being implemented.

Police Station 11 Commander PSupt. Ariel Huesca acknowledged that there will be changes in the proposal along the way considering that the traffic situation will change with the opening of classes in June.

“For the month of April and May, eto yung nakikita naming solution to address the different concerns of different stakeholders. We will be doing some recommendation by the end of May because the traffic situation will be different kapag may class na tayo,” Huesca said.

For the traffic one-way scheme implementation, Go said that the City Administrator’s Office is waiting for the data, responses, and feedback from different barangays who will be involved in scheme’s possible third and fourth phase.

Meanwhile, Go disclosed that an inventory of diggings in the City is currently being undertaken by the City Administrator’s Office.

Reiterating the provisions of Ordinance 309, Go emphasized that no person, entity or contractor is allowed to excavate or damage City roads and streets without prior permission from the City Engineer’s Office. (Sheila Covarrubias)

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