Angeles sets 7-year traffic scheme

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Friday, March 21, 2014

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government of Angeles is set to finalize and implement its seven-year master plan in a bid to cope with the growing traffic problem in this city brought about by its vibrant commercial activities.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that this is in response to the need to address the traffic situation in the city with the influx of tourism related activities and commerce.

"People have been trooping to this city because of the basic reason that we are the center of economic activity and have gradually become an education city. This means workers, professionals and students would have to commute or motor into the city on a day to day basis," Pamintuan said.


However, Councilor Amos Rivera said that only 17 percent of the total public utility vehicles in the city are in fact public utility jeepneys. Another 10 percent of the total vehicles on the road are tricycles.

"We have been doing a series of consultations with the transport sector to address the many issues we have with the traffic system in the city," Rivera said.

Rivera pointed out that they plan to institutionalize a Traffic Engineering Department to come up with only one office to address traffic concerns. He added that this will also enable the city to address traffic issues more efficiently.

The city will also soon be doing a standardization of all road signs in the city in compliance with international standards.

Pamintuan added that the city will now require public utility franchise applicants for an official endorsement from the city before being issued their respective franchises.

This would enable the City Government to monitor and put a stop to the over population of public utility vehicles in the city. The outside city limit on public utility vehicles will also be strictly implemented with an improved time scheme.

The city has also created an ordinance of holding long funeral procession along main thoroughfares to prevent traffic congestion. The city will be providing financial subsidy for poor people who cannot afford vehicle service during the internment of their deceased relatives.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 22, 2014.

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