THE Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) is planning to hire an additional 130 traffic enforcers to address the traffic situation in the city.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Luisito Acebuche, head of BTAO, said Monday, August 5, this is one of the recommendations of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to hire more traffic enforcers.
“We created a committee for traffic and we already discussed the hiring of additional traffic enforcers,” he said.
He added the committee’s recommendation was already approved and they are waiting for a go signal to set the recruitment and selection of applicants.
At present, BTAO has a total of 370 traffic enforcers and it’s not enough to address the traffic situation in various areas.
In December 2018, the MMDA conducted a 12-day traffic master plan study for Bacolod.
Among the MMDA’s recommendations was the hiring of additional traffic enforcers, re-routing of some public utility vehicles, installation of more traffic lights and pedestrian lights, construction of Center Island along Barangay Pahanocoy Highway, and amending the traffic ordinances on the implementation of penalties like the anti-jaywalking ordinance.
The MMDA performs planning, monitoring and coordinative functions, and in the process exercises regulatory and supervisory authority over the delivery of metro-wide services within Metro Manila.
A traffic master plan could cost millions if done by private groups but MMDA is assisting Bacolod City for free.