THE P91-million traffic lights project in Cagayan de Oro, which started in 2013, will be completed during the second week of February 2018, the new Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) overseer said.
Mario Verner Monsanto, the overseer of the operation and administration of RTA and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department, said they expect the traffic lights from Manila-based corporation the KIV Marketing, will be arriving in Cagayan de Oro City by the end of January.
"Ang traffic lights natin nakikita natin nandyan, kung minsan functioning, minsan hindi, most of the time hindi (We can see that we have traffic lights which sometimes functioning, sometimes not, but most of the time they are not functioning)... Ang gusto natin (What we want), I had a meeting yesterday (January 10) sa mga nag supply nito (with the suppliers), we are giving them in the end of January," Monsanto said.
He said the traffic lights with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras should be installed and functioning by the second week of February, adding that the CCTVs supplied by the Cagayan de Oro-based corporation, Microtrade GCM Corporation, are already complete.
"Kung hindi naka ilaw yung mga traffic lights natin (If the traffic lights are not functioning), most of the enforcers are directing trafiic. So they cannot enforce the law, they're busy doing the direction," Monsanto said.
As for the delay of the supply of traffic lights, according to Monsanto, the supplier said that it is due to the disallowances from the Commission on Audit and the lack of availability of materials.
"Meron silang disallowances, siguro three or four times sila nag amend nyan (They have disallowances, probably three or four times they amended). Second is, the other reason would be, yung materials nila wala dyan. Meron pa silang some materials na wala pa dyan up to this time (they don't have the materials. They lack some of the materials even up to this time)," Monsanto said.
He added that when they asked where are the materials now, the supplier told them that its on the board he ship which will dock on Friday, January 12.
Under the project, the RTA overseer said 80 CCTVs and more than 50 traffic lights will be intalled throughout city.
Aside from the near completion of the traffic lights project, Monsanto planned to conduct reorganization within the RTA and to educate the enforcers and the motorists in the city of the traffic rules and regulations.
"Tingnan muna yung internal organization nila and then secondly, titingnan ko yung education. Education not only dyan sa organization, but also education sa motorists natin (I will observe the internal organization of RTA and secondly, the education not only within the organization but also with the motorists)," Monsanto said.
Educating the enforcers and the motorists of the traffic rules and regulations, according to Monsanto, is one way to raise awareness of the traffic laws and to lessen the traffic problems in the city.
“Makikita natin ngayon, most of the actions na ginagawa natin (We can see that most of the action done to) to solve the traffic problems are more or less palliative, kung ano lang dyan ang nakikita natin (in what we can notice). There should be some kind of a plan of long term para ma-address natin yung basic problems natin (so that we can address the basic problems in the traffic),” Monsanto said.