Tell it to SunStar: Road safety

I DRIVE on the national highway from Medellin town in the northern tip of the province to Cebu City at least twice a week. Who should be in charge of the safety of commuters? Is it the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) or the Department of Transportation (DOTr)? If either of these departments is in charge, why aren’t its personnel doing their jobs?

Elsewhere in the world, safety is a must but here we only acknowledge it when someone dies and then the blame game starts. Then we forget everything again once things cool off.

There should be a standard, for example, of putting up signs and barriers where needed to assure the people’s safety when approaching construction areas. It seems that the contractor can have their way when, in fact, it is the the people’s taxes that are used for these projects. We should have the right of safe passage through construction areas.--Alfredo Acopan

No more postponement, please

The only people who are happy with the report that some congressmen want to postpone again the barangay elections are the incumbent barangay officials. Their terms of office will again be extended. But what about their constituents?

There are barangays whose officials need to be replaced because they are not doing their jobs well. The residents in these areas surely want the election to happen so they can elect another set of officials who are competent.

It’s time for congressmen to stop meddling with the barangay elections.--Brenda Salvacion

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