Mandaue installs modern traffic lights-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
MANDAUE City officials switched on the Friday on newly installed traffic lights in three of nine major road intersections.
The activity was part of the City’s 44th Charter Day celebration.
Traffic lights at the corners of A.S. Fortuna St. and M.C. Briones, A.C. Cortes St. and S.B. Cabahug St., and A.C. Cortes St. and Plaridel St. are now operational.
Mayor Jonas Cortes, in an interview with reporters, said putting up modern traffic lights is aimed at making the city more business-friendly.
The City spent P39 million for the modern traffic lights, which are equipped with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, timers and sensors.
Peter Ong, president of Triune Electronics Systems Inc., said they hope to make all traffic lights in nine intersections operational within the year.
The firm has put up traffic lights in Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and other provinces.
Edwin Ermac, head of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue, said the traffic lights will help decongest traffic in the city.
“This traffic light system is not the ultimate solution to decongest traffic but it will greatly help. It will minimize traffic congestion,” he told reporters.
The traffic lights are controlled at the Mandaue Integrated Response System Command Center, located behind the City Hall.
With the closed-circuit television cameras, Ermac said traffic personnel can monitor the traffic at the command center. Traffic enforcers can quickly respond to any accidents or car breakdowns.
“We can save human resources also. Since we can monitor the traffic at the command center, we can deploy personnel in more areas,” he said.
Cortes said the CCTV cameras can help the police monitor crimes.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 31, 2013.