USC will cooperate with traffic management program-A A +A
Thursday, July 10, 2014
THE University of San Carlos (USC) is willing to cooperate with the Cebu City Government to improve the traffic situation on the Banilad-Talamban road.
But school officials revealed they are still waiting for the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 for any word about the proposed widening of Gov. Mariano Cuenco Ave. The fence of their campus in Sitio Nasipit, Barangay Talamban will be affected by it.
In a press conference yesterday, Fr. Lucio Pedro Dayag, SVD, USC-Talamban’s administrator of properties, told reporters that as part of their cooperation with the Cebu City government, he and Fr. Eleno Bucia, SVD, were appointed to meet with City Hall representatives to discuss a possible consultation on Ban-Tal road developments.
Both Dayag and Bucia were appointed by USC president Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD.
Dayag said that while they were willing to sit down with Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama regarding changes, they also have to consider the roadwork being proposed by DPWH for the area.
Mayor Rama has requested USC-TC to remove its fence, saying it encroached on the sidewalk.
Dayag said that the fence was placed to protect students from vehicular accidents.
In the meantime, two city councilors based in Banilad and Talamban are wondering why they have been shut out of the group that inspected the area.
Councilors Alvin Arcilla and Lea Japson both said they were not invited during the two inspections by Mayor Rama. They clarified, however, that they were not complaining.
Arcilla said he just raised his traffic observations to Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) Executive Director Rafael Yap.
For his part, Yap said Citom made improvements to the traffic situation as needed.
Since Monday, Citom created additional U-turn slots on the north-bound side for easier crossing of vehicles from the north-bound to the south-bound lane.
The U-turn slots are located at the corner of Barcode and in front of Paradise Valley.
The space under the flyovers on the Banilad-Talamban road are also U-turn slots.
Vehicles can also use Country Mall’s interior road.
Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella accompanied Rama during the second inspection yesterday.
Labella said Barangays Banilad and Talamban were represented by all their officials.
Arcilla said what used to take him just 10 minutes to cover, from the Talamban Sports Complex to the corner of M.L. Quezon Highway or the corner of Barangay Cabancalan, took him about 30 minutes yesterday.
He admitted that after the University of San Carlos Talamban Campus, traffic flows better.
But the south-bound lane after the corner of M.L. Quezon Highway experienced heavy traffic because of the vehicles that lined up on the Cabancalan road to make a U-turn.
Arcilla also said the road after the Banilad flyover going to the corner of Cabancalan has not been widened, with just a width of 15 meters.
The road before and after that stretch has since been widened to 21 meters.
But Talamban Barangay Captain Dario Arcilla said the 50 lot owners were already amenable to have their lots expropriated for the widening.
Labella also said that during the inspection yesterday, the group noticed that there is a bottleneck before vehicles go up the Banilad flyover.
This is because the area only has one lane.
Immediately after the inspection, Rama ordered two-lane traffic in the area going up to the flyover.
Labella said Citom enforcers will also be assigned to watch the area.
Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, BanTal Traffic Group head Manuel “Bunny” Pages, and department head Raquel Arce also joined the inspection.
The group said they noticed that traffic has generally improved in the area.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 10, 2014.