Citom chief says request of drivers not justified-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
THERE is no supervening event that would warrant lifting the ban on Mandaue City jeepneys from entering the city’s major thoroughfares.
This is what Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) executive director Rafael Yap has to say on the request of the 21B Mandaue City jeepney drivers to the City Government to allow them to enter the Colon area from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In an interview yesterday, Yap said there is a reason why jeepneys coming from Mandaue City were banned from entering the city’s major streets and that is to decongest traffic.
This is also to comply with the provisions of City Ordinance (CO) 1837, which cuts short the Mandaue City-Cebu City routes by preventing jeepneys from reaching the downtown area.
“The ordinance was implemented for a good reason and it has served its purpose. There is no supervening event that would justify the change of the present circumstances,” Yap said.
Night till morning
The 21B Mandaue Night Drivers’ and Operators’ Association (MNDAOA) said they want the City to allow them to ply Colon area at night until early in the morning so they could earn more.
However, Yap said that during this time, there are already lesser passengers, therefore, they might just be wasting their fuels.
“In my honest opinion, the activity of the city has not reached to the point that even 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. will have passengers,” he said.
The 21B jeepneys used to travel on Osmeña Blvd. to Colon St. before Citom implemented CO 1837 back in 2010.
Currently, 21B jeepneys are only allowed to travel up to the Cebu Business Park.
They then have to proceed to Cardinal Rosales St., then to Pope John Paul II Ave. (formerly San Jose de la Montaña Ave.), then to M.J. Cuenco Ave. before heading back to Mandaue City.
Yap has a different take on the statement of the 21B drivers that it would now be easier for Cebu City residents to go to Mandaue City or Lapu-Lapu City, among others, if they will again be allowed to ply the Colon area.
“The ordinance has been in effect for three years. Naka-adjust na ang mga tawo so why disrupt the status quo when the people have already adjusted?” he said.
Yap said the request of the members of the MNDAOA will still have to be discussed by the Citom board headed by Ruben Almendras.
The Citom board holds their regular meeting every last Wednesday of the month.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 17, 2013.