Citom wants Veco to inform them of brownout schedule

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Monday, December 9, 2013

THE City Integrated Traffic Operations Management (Citom) plans to meet with the Visayan Electric Company (Veco) and ask it to inform them of any rotational brownout it implements.

Daily rotational brownouts have affected the city’s traffic lights.

Citom Executive Director Rafael Christopher Yap said they want to ask Veco today for a copy of areas where rotational brownouts are implemented.

“If these are scheduled brownouts, Veco could inform us ahead of the scheduled power interruption so we could immediately dispatch our enforcers to manually man the traffic,” Yap said in an interview with Sun.Star Cebu.

Yap said a heavy traffic was experienced last Saturday on the stretch of Juan Luna Ave. because of the brownout in the area that lasted for hours.

He said they don’t want it to happen again.

Yap said Citom will dispatch at least two enforcers to man the traffic in case traffic lights don’t function due to a brownout.

Right now, Citom only relies on Veco’s advisory on their website and Facebook account to monitor power interruptions.

“Advisories are so vague, that is why Citom and Veco need to set up a protocol,” Yap said.

Citom has identified crucial intersections and roads in the city, including N. Bacalso Ave., P. del Rosario, Imus, M.J Cuenco, Escario, Gov. Cuenco, pier area, V. Rama, Juan Luna, General Maxilom and Osmeña Boulevard.

Yap said coordination between the two agencies will be beneficial to the public and to Citom, especially this holiday season.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 09, 2013.

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