City wants new PUV routes in bypass roads

Photo by Macky Lim

THE Davao City Government is planning to utilize the existing bypass and access roads as a new route for transportation vehicles to decongest the current plying routes that experience moderate to heavy traffic especially during peak hours.

Councilor Dante Apostol, committee chair on franchises and public utilities, will pass a resolution requesting the City Transport and Traffic Management Office to conduct a study of opening routes in view of the existence of bypass roads and other ancillary roads to declog the current main roads.

Apostol said his committee is proposing to utilize the bypass roads in Bunawan, Tibungco, Ilang, and Panacan as a new route for public utility vehicles such as jeepneys, filcabs (multicabs), and buses.

As for the Ma-a Slaughterhouse Bypass Road, which was inaugurated in February 2019, he said it has not been included in the proposal, but he said there is a possibility that it will be included.

"Isa ni sa gi-request sa executive department during the ELA (Executive Legislative Agenda) 'tong July, nga abrihan og ruta ning daghan natong bypass roads nga wala pa kaayo naagian para madecongest ning atong main roads (This was one of the agenda that was discussed during the ELA last July, wherein we will utilize our bypass roads that aren't usually being traversed by PUVs to decongest our main roads)," the councilor said on Wednesday, November 13, during the 19th City Council Media Briefing at the City Council.

He said an initial study has already been conducted by the City Planning and Development Office, wherein they recommended to utilize these roads for mass transportation routes.

Apostol said it is unlikely that bypass roads would be highly congested in the future since the city will allocate limited routes in these areas.

"Ang advantage niini kay ang mga franchise holders kay mabahin na siya sa kalsada. Magamit na ng mga kalsada as alternate routes (The advantage of this proposal is that franchise holders will be allocated into different routes. By then, we would be able to utilize these roads as alternate routes)," he said.

The councilor, however, has not given a timeframe as to when he will lobby it in the council.


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