Editorial: Consistency

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

CAGAYAN de Oro’s Task Force Hapsay Dalan (TFHD) together with the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) began implementing the pilot project: Traffic Code compliant Divisoria area on March 1.

The project is aimed at solving the traffic congestion and transport problems due to years of inappropriate implementation of the Traffic Code or City Ordinance No. 10551-2007. The replication of this pilot project to other major streets is deemed to follow before the year ends.

Prior to the implementation, the RTA spent weeks of massive information campaign on the traffic code and the penalties that come with the violations.


TFHD focuses its campaign on loading and unloading, parking and pedestrian crossing. The basics that have long been neglected, and hopefully once ingrained could establish back order in the streets. Each violation would be penalized with P500 or a one-day community service in the case of jaywalking.

The City Government is doing its best to implement policies deem to resolve the growing traffic congestion here. Cagayan de Oro is a fast growing city in Mindanao and traffic congestion is an indication of such growth. However, with growth comes disorder such as traffic congestion. Thus, solutions are being sought, so it won’t hamper the system that could best aid us to propel this growth vis-à-vis our daily movement.

We have seen the efforts of TFHD and RTA to attain their dream of order in the city streets. This dream is not only beneficial to them but it includes us. They crafted policies they think will help ease the congestion, however, these policies will be seen doable once tested.

Yes, it won’t be an easy task for them. It is enormous.

It will surely require consistency from the members of TFHD and RTA. They will be tested in many ways.

If one enforcer allows bending of the policies and the others strictly implement, a looming failure of this project could happen. A friend might be apprehended and if the law enforcer would loosen up in implementing the code because of friendship or favors that need to be returned, it will break consistency.

An effort like this isn’t the only responsibility of the government. The government is here to provide what the people need and the latter should have their share – to consistently obey policies and raise issues that are vital to improving any policies on traffic code.

We are free to express our opinions on what we think the government is implementing with regard to traffic code, but to rant without sending our messages to the proper body and disobey basic road rules instead because we chose to ignore them, it would be tantamount to an epic failure of an effort that could benefit everyone.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 03, 2014.


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