CAGAYAN DE ORO

No letup in highway clearing operations

(Photo by Jo Ann Sablad)

ROAD clearing operations will continue even after the shooting incident that killed a traffic enforcer in Barangay Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City.

However, adjustments in the security measures during operations were done, according to Antonio Resma Jr., the inspectorate team leader of the Regulatory Compliance Board (RCB), said.

Resma said there will be a possible addition in the number of police personnel during operations.

“We will leave the security measures kung unsa kadaghan ang kailangan with the Cocpo (Cagayan de Oro Police Office) kay silay ga-evaluate sa atoang security measures,” Resma said.

At present, the road clearing team has 15 to 20 police personnel.

Meanwhile, last Saturday, February 29, the road clearing team was able to apprehend around 20 tricycle, tricabs and bao-baos that were caught traversing the national highway and has impounded less than five units.

“Nakita na nato ang decline. Product ni siya sa atoang information campaign sa igsoonan na sila pud mismo, mga operators and drivers, dili na pud gyud sila gaagi sa national highway kay igo-igo naman sad ang atoang pag information drive sa ila,” Resma said.

However, several commuters relying on tricabs are complaining about the lack of transportation in their area as a result of the clearing.

But for Resma, there are enough vehicles to transport the riding public.

“Those are not true because makita gyud nato atong mga public utility vehicles, like jeepneys and multicab, naa man gyud dinhi,” Resma said.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Northern Mindanao director Aminoden Guro, for his part, said the barangay chairman of the affected barangays should create a petition or request addressed to the City Government to allow the Cogon to Gusa-Cugman PUJs to operate on those areas with “unserved commuters”.

“Kasi once may request dito yung local government sa amin, pwede natin bigyan yung mga operators dyan extending their routes,” Guro said.

“Bigyan natin ng special permit or provisional authority but with a specific time kung kailan dadagsa yung mga pasahero,” he added.


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