DAVAO City Vice Mayor Melchor Quitain Jr. said the possible amendment of the speed limit ordinance is being discussed by the Committee on Transportation.
The amendment of the speed limit ordinance, specifically Executive Order No. 39 series of 2013 aims to address the current traffic and transportation issues in the city. However, the city must also focus on improving the road system instead of just amending the ordinance.
“Sa gina-implement karon, maayo man gud siya (The current speed limit ordinance is good). At least ma-lessen ang accidents pero kung ang atong road system dili maayo, useless pud ang speed limit (it lessens the accidents but if our road system is bad, then the speed limit would be useless as well) (because you could still have accidents),” Quitain said during an interview with the Davao City Disaster Radio.
Quitain mentioned that the city council has already reached out to the Department of Public Works and Highways to address problems in the road infrastructure.
“Nag ingon sila next year mag repair na daw sila sa mga aspalto na guba or nag wave-wave (The DPWH have said they will start repairing the asphalt roads next year),” he said, adding that once the roads have improved, untoward road incidents would lessen.
Executive Order No. 39 series of 2013 signed by former mayor Rodrigo Duterte, states that there are three-speed limits to be followed within the territorial boundaries of Davao City.
The 60-kilometer/hour limit is applicable from Sirawan to Ulas Crossing, Lasang to Panacan, Calinan to Ulas Crossing, and C.P. Garcia Highway-McArthur HIghway to Panacan.
The 40 km/hour is implemented from Ulas to Generoso Bridge/Bolton Bridge, Panacan Crossing to J. P. Laurel Avenue-Alcantara, and Ma-a Road Diversion to McArthur Highway.
The 30 km/hour is from J.P. Laurel Ave. Alcantara to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, Buhangin Crossing-Milan to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, C.P. Garcia Highway-Bacaca Road to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, and C. P. Garcia Highway-Angliongto Street to Bolton/Generoso Bridge. ICM