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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, February 9, 2018
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MMDA tapped
for traffic woes

A technical team from the Metro Manila Development Authority is expected to arrive in Bacolod City this month to study the traffic situation and make the necessary recommendation, in preparation for the celebration of Bacolod's 80 th year, Bacolod City Administrator John Orolasaid yesterday.

Orola said he, Evelio Leonardia and City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan, met with the MMDA in Manila recently regarding the traffic situation of Bacolod City.

“However, prior to this, we will be implementing existing ordinances concerning illegal structures especially along danger zones in preparation for the celebration of Bacolod@80,” he said.

Orola said the City Council directed him to implement ordinances that will address the traffic problem after it received complaints.

The traffic problem is a gargantuan problem not only in Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu and Manila but also around the world, he said.

In order to minimize the ill effects of traffic, they have to remove illegal structures especially along main thoroughfares of the city. So he is reminding sidewalk vendors and those putting up illegal structures that the city will be removing their structures along themain thoroughfares to address the traffic problem, Orola said.

They have already identified projects to be implemented from January to December this year in preparation of the Bacolod@80 in celebration of Bacolod's cityhood 80 years ago, he said.

Councilor Cindy Rojas said the MMDA team will guide the Bacolod Traffic Authority and make suggestions to the BTAO and City Legal Office on what can be implemented immediately in order to decongest or address the traffic problem.

Rojas said they will go around the city and make recommendations to the mayor on this.

“I believe the MMDA will do this voluntarily because the mayor and the city administrator sought its assistance,” she said.

They cannot solve the traffic problem in one month. This is a work in progress, Rojas added.*CGS



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