Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Wikimedia-Mike Gonzalez | posted October 14, 2016 17:39
Php 145 million daily productivity cost due to traffic cited
The struggle is real and it is not just in Metro Manila.
A recent report from Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino indicates that it costs Cebu City an average of Php 145 million daily due to vehicular traffic congestion related productivity loss.
“Cebu and the Cebuanos are desperate to solve the traffic problem. Desperate circumstances like this entail a desperate move. And we are one in saying that the one and only move to solve traffic congestion is granting emergency powers to the President,” said Dino.
The mayors of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue expressed their support for Dino's suggestion that President Duterte is in dire need of emergency powers in order to solve the traffic problem not just in Metro Manila but also in Metro Cebu.
Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is proposing a ban on private vehicles from using the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge during rush hours to relieve traffic congestion.
“Many are complaining about the traffic leading to Mactan. Some have to make sacrifices,” said Osmeña.
The mayor came upon the idea after seeing only one or two persons inside a private vehicle that occupies the same amount of space as a public utility vehicle.
Osmeña also sees the need to improve the public transportation system of Cebu including using big buses to move commuters between Talisay and Mactan.
Members of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) and Lapu-Lapu City Traffic Management System (CTMS) on the other hand want a number-coding scheme for both public and private vehicles.
Another proposal put forth is regulation of old public utility jeepneys to alleviate traffic on Mandaue-Mactan Bridge and Marcelo Fernan Bridge during rush hours.