DESPITE the looming traffic situation in Davao City, the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) is not keen on imposing a color coding scheme.

CTTMO chief Dionisio Abude said that the city does not experience heavy traffic all the time.

Abude explained that the traffic experienced in the city are case-to-case situations including road works.

He added that there are projects being done by the government to solve the traffic problem similar to the construction of bypass roads, coastal roads and other infrastructure projects and the planned implementation of the transport modernization program High Priority Bus System (HPBS).

The official also said once the projects are completed and operational, traffic in the city will no longer be a problem.

According to motorist Darwin Refuerzo, the traffic in the city is a sign that the city is progressive.

"Indication ni siya nga kita diri sa Davao City milambo (It is an indication of progress in the city)," Refuerzo said, adding that the government should fasttrack all pending road constructions.

Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) driver Gergorio Biscocho said he is worried that the heavy traffic would affect their income, especially those who have not reached their boundary.

"Luoy kaayo, labi pa og kulang pang boundary, wala nay madala sa balay, naa gyod untay remedyo ang lokal nga gobyerno, sama pananglit kami sa asosasyon dunay mga regular nga subsidy," the 59-year old PUJ driver said.

However, Abude said the city government is studying and pushing for favorable remedies to reduce the traffic situation in the city.

Davao Councilor Conrado Baluran, in a previous SunStar Davao report, said there is no need for the city government to consider implementing a coding scheme.

Baluran also said that HPBS is the ultimate solution to the city's looming traffic system.

HPBS is the Davao City government's proposed public transport system that aims to improve the city's transportation system.

The bus project involves the delivery of a modern bus system for the city, wherein interconnected bus services will be prioritized within the 137-kilometer core network and feeder routes composed of 489-kilometer.

HPBS Manager and Assistant City Administrator for Administration lawyer Tristan Dwight Domingo said in a previous interview that the local government is targeting to start implementing it on or before April 2024.

Number coding or the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) is a road space rationing program in the Philippines that aims to reduce traffic congestion, in particular during peak hours, by restricting the types of vehicles that can use major public roads based on the final digit of the vehicle's license plate.

The number coding is currently implemented in Metro Manila. It has also been implemented in Baguio, Cabanatuan, Cavite, and Dagupan. JPC with RGL