THE Iloilo City Government has started talking with giant developers to open access roads and alternate routes in their private properties for public use.
Mayor Jerry Treñas said they will meet with managements of SM City, Ayala Atria Park District and Megaworld Iloilo Business Park, all in Mandurriao district, to discuss the possible opening of new road in the area.
"We want to ensure interconnectivity all over the city. Traffic sometimes gets heavy in busy portions but if there are available roads, it will address the problem," Treñas said.
"We cannot yet say if they will agree but we are going to make a pitch. We want to make Iloilo more liveable as we have said. And these are the ways to do it," he added.
Treñas initially met with International Builders Corp. chairman Alfonso Tan regarding his proposed development at the center of three connecting townships.
"The access road, you know, that's a plan we are trying to push through. We want to talk to SM, Ayala and Megaworld. If we could connect them, it will be a big help to decongest our traffic," Treñas said.
The mayor took to task City Planning and Development Office head Jose Roni Peñalosa and Public Safety and Transportation Office head Jeck Conlu to work on justification documents.
City Hall has eyed subdivisions for more access as alternate routes.
"We are also talking with Prime Estates owner Mr. Henry Chusuey because we want to have access in his property in Barangay Nabitasan to Sports Complex in La Paz. We are telling them if they have security concerns we are ready to make it open only between six in the morning to eight in the evening," Treñas said.
"We are also trying to contact Ledesco homeowners because there's an access to Barangay Cubay in Jaro," he added. (PR)