Citom warns public of heavy traffic due to brownouts

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

THE City Traffic Operations and Management (Citom) advised the public to brace themselves for heavier traffic caused by traffic lights that are not working.

The power sector could not say when power supply in Cebu will return to normal.

Citom Executive Director Rafael Christopher Yap said daily rotational brownouts have affected the city’s traffic lights and the Christmas rush worsens the situation.

Expected to have heavy traffic are the downtown areas and areas near malls and supermarkets.

He said the downtown areas have attracted shoppers because of the bazaars and the night market.

Yap said all private and public vehicles that will traverse Colon St. will experience heavy traffic.

In the uptown area, streets including J. Luna Ave., Archbishop Reyes Ave., and Cardinal Rosales and M.J. Cuenco Aves. are also expected to have heavy traffic.

“The number of cars and people increases even beyond peak hours,” said Yap in an interview with Sun.Star Cebu.

Yap said road accidents also cause traffic delays.

Earlier, Citom asked Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) to inform them directly of any rotational brownout.

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

Yap said Veco told them they cannot inform them ahead of the scheduled brownouts because it’s the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) that has a hand on power interruptions.

Yap said they will let traffic enforcers manually operate traffic in areas affected by the daily rotational brownouts.

He said even their communication tower in Busay where Citom’s repeater antenna for their radios was affected by the brownout.

As a result, the central communication division of Citom did not receive feedbacks and reports from their personnel on the field manning the traffic.

“Because of the power interruptions in our communication tower, we only rely on our local communication,” said Yap.

Yap wants to secure generator sets for their communication tower.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 15, 2013.

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