The municipality of Sibulan is adopting Dumaguete City’s Discipline Zone project to ease and decongest traffic along the national highway going to the airport, at the flea market in Boloc-boloc, and at routes leading to the church every 13th of the month.
Sibulan senior administrative assistant III, Iris Indira Requiron-Puspus, said Mayor Jose Abiera wants to designate the national highway, from the boundary of Dumaguete up to the boundary with San Jose, as a Discipline Zone, and aim for similar gains achieved by Dumaguete in two to three months of the project’s implementation.
Puspus said meetings had been conducted with the Highway Patrol Group, headed by Senior Insp. Robelito Mariano, representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Land Transportation Office, the Traffic Management Office of Sibulan, and the town police, headed by Senior Insp. Nelson Lamoco.
One of the concerns is personnel complement, and it was suggested that tanods be utilized as force multipliers in the barangays that the national highway will traverse.
Abiera has tasked the traffic committee of councilors Roy Calingacion and Eddie Gravador to initiate amendments of the traffic ordinance of Sibulan for it to be realistic with the present times in terms of fines and penalties, and the passage of a jaywalking ordinance so that the implementation will be encompassing, to include all other violations, such as smoking in public places.
Meanwhile, a dry run had been conducted for one week at the flea market that is located along the national highway in Boloc-boloc, Sibulan against parking along the highway and the sidewalks, and it was found out that traffic congestion was addressed, especially during the rush hours.
The office of the municipal mayor also saw the need to upgrade the operation of the Traffic Management Office in preparation for the implementation of the Discipline Zone.
Lamoco said he is very supportive of the desire of the mayor to put order along the national highway, but he has concerns over the lack of personnel.
He said a recent directive from the Police Regional Office 7 is for them to use 50 percent of their personnel in the campaign against illegal drugs, and he has several wharves to monitor, as well as airport.
Lamoco said he noticed that even during regular days, Sibulan has a lot of passenger traffic with daily trips of fast crafts and pump boats to and from Sibulan.*JG
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