Citom doing its job

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Monday, May 5, 2014


(The letter is addressed to Sun.Star Cebu columnist Elias Espinoza)

Thank you for your feedback on the state of Cebu City traffic. We at Citom are always appreciative of criticism on our work, as it gives us continued impetus to perform better for the benefit of all Cebuanos.

For clarification purposes, however, allow me to respond to some points raised in your
article:

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1. On illegal parking:

We disagree with your contention that Citom has done "nothing" on illegal parking. I have attached a file detailing our operations accomplishments of 2013 and 2014 listing all our apprehensions.

You will note in the operations accomplishment that Citom has had a significant apprehension rate under the columns of TOP (temporary operator's permit), TCT (traffic citation ticket), Impounded Vehicles/ Motorcycles/ MCH (motorcycle for hire)/ Trisikad, and Clamped Vehicles.

We hope that these can overturn the criticism of your claim on Mayor Michael Rama's "lackadaisical" attitude towards traffic enforcement.

2. On the contention that we have had "no" action against erring government and police vehicles:

While we have not sorted our apprehensions database to specify government vehicles, we assure you and the rest of Cebu City that there are no exemptions to traffic rules.

3. On the observation of sidewalk encroachment:

Citom and the Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification and Enhancement (Probe) have made significant strides in clearing of sidewalk encroachments. Understandably we have a long way to go before we can declare our sidewalks "obstruction free" but compared to the prior years, our accomplishment is undeniably huge.

May I refer you to Probe OIC Raquel Arce for the specific data on the City Government's clearing operation achievements but in the meantime, here is documentation of several clearing operations conducted by Citom.

4. On your allegation that Mayor Rama ordered Citom to stop clamping wheels of illegally parked vehicles:

For the record, this statement was never made by Mayor Rama. When I came in (2010), his specific instruction to me was to review the implementation of the current institutional setup of private towing operations considering the complaints of bribery and corruption against Citom traffic enforcers and private towing crew as well as unfairness of the contractors having a lion's share of towing revenues.

Consequently, I have ordered the cessation of private towing operations until a more suitable institutional setup has been crafted. There is a draft terms of reference for this already and we will be shortly publishing these for bidding by interested towing contractors.

There was never a time when we were ordered to cease towing or clamping operations.

The only difference is that it is Citom, not the towing contractors, that conducted the same.

Finally, may I invite you to raise your concerns regarding Cebu City traffic, particularly on traffic violations, directly with our office. Our contact numbers are (032) 253-9211, (032) 256-1897 and (0917) 7222344. We can also be reached thru Facebook at www.facebook.com/CebuTraffic.

We are thankful for this opportunity to explain our side and we hope that through you, the public can be informed as well as we walk, cycle, ride and drive towards a better Cebu City.--Atty. Rafael Christopher L. Yap, Executive Officer, Citom

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 06, 2014.

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