Why drivers remain hardheaded-A A +A
Thursday, December 5, 2013
THE national leadership had finally thought of not getting the rehabilitation czar from among the Cabinet members. Whoever advised him made a good one this time. Of course, someone told him for sure, many insisted to believe. He admits that former senator Panfilo Lacson is a no-nonsense, because he agrees that many of his guys will fight for pogi points, definitely.
It would be wise for Lacson to tap the best engineers, architects and urban planners to help him and not those who love to sit in swivel chairs. There are the likes of the groups of David Consunji planners and FF Cruz engineers. Another humble and low-key engineer is former MMDA chair and Marikina mayor in the face of Bayani "BF" Fernando. His BF Steel company that existed before he joined politics is a steel and construction company of the biggest shopping malls in the country. BF is a contractor of school buildings of the Department of Education, and if figures are correct, it is a P9-billion bid he won. His factory is automated in Cainta.
As former MMDA chair, Bayani is remembered for his no-nonsense enforcement of the traffic laws in Metro Manila. He did this first in his own Marikina City, which turned to be one of the best. He says that traffic laws have to be enforced or nothing will happen to a city. Not even a thousand or more enforcers will do the job.
Recalling what he told the mayors of Negros Occidental years back - "Huwag kayong matakot magpapatupad ng batas trapiko. Indi kayo mawawalan ng boto. Lalong dadami ang boboto sa inyo."
In the case of Bacolod City, there are now many traffic enforcers and the flow of vehicles is much better than before. But the problem is when the enforcers are not around, the drivers continue to violate traffic laws, says an insurance boss who believes that enforcement and apprehension is the only way to discipline.
For my part, I agree but it is important that you know the correct strategy to enforce and apprehend without affecting the image of the city leadership. That is a secret to succeed.
This column says hello to Frank Carbon, Willy Uy Au, Tonet Kilayko, Lito Aves, Ben Lopez Jr., Rey Gestopa, Philip Rey Olaira, Jimmy Golez, May Castro, Joseph Sian, and Janjan Lopue.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 05, 2013.