LAPU-LAPU City is asking the Police Regional Office 7 to deploy at least 12 members of the Highway Patrol Group to man traffic and apprehend colorum vehicles in the city.

The City’s Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) only has 12 personnel to manage the city’s worsening traffic situation. “I think kinahanglan gyud naay additional from PNP to help the city’s traffic police,” said Mayor Paz Radaza.

She asked Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Director Senior Supt. Rommel Cabagnot to let members of the City Traffic Management System undergo a seminar on handling road traffic, which will be conducted by the TEU.

The mayor blamed the volume of vehicles and the project of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) from Barangays Pusok to Mactan for the city’s heavy traffic.

MCWD has been implementing a P97-million pipeline expansion project on the roads of the said barangays since last July.

Earlier, Charmaine Rodriguez-Kara, manager of MCWD Community Relations and External Affairs Department, said that every time there is a pipelaying project, the contractor excavates the area to conduct a hydro test.

While the mayor thanked the MCWD for its effort in improving the city’s water service, Radaza said it should not inconvenience the public or cause traffic.

“Hopefully, MCWD can finish the project soon. We must serve the people, but it seems that people are suffering due to the inconvenience brought by the project,” Radaza said in Cebuano. According to Kara, the project is set to be completed in May. (FMG)