Traffic Woes

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

REACTIONS -- I posted on my Facebook a photo of two intersecting freeways filled with sorts of cars in a bumper to bumper situation. And guess how many likes I got? No, it didn't get viral, but got a hundred in a day. That's a record of sort. Rey Navales of this paper and Angeles City Councilor Edu Pamintuan reacted and made comments in just few minutes after it was posted.

It only goes to show that many people are getting pissed off daily in battling traffic, waiting long hours on the road, missing their appointments and get irritated by undisciplined drivers who weave in and out and wanted to be ahead of everybody. Traffic is a BIG problem in Angeles and many other urban towns in Pampanga.

The question: Is it being addressed properly?


NO TRAFFIC -- When I was still in my shorts, my trip from my hometown of Porac to Angeles City only took me few minutes, and got no more than ten vehicles that you will meet on the road. Traveling to Manila was always extremely pleasant, with only two known bus companies plying the route, La Mallorca-Pambusco of the Enriquez and Philippine Rabbit of the Buan and Paras families. There were no tricycles yet competing on the two lane-Macarthur Highway. There was no need for a Traffic Enforcement Group.

ANGELES SITUATION -- The roads in Angeles City, either they needed to be replaced, repaired and expanded. After the City of San Fernando, Angeles City has the biggest volume of vehicles passing through its roads. That's according to available statistics at the Land Transportation Office. The Macarthur highway stretch from the Mabalacat City boundary down to the downtown area of Angeles and making looping turn after the Holy Angel University is a traffic problem area, according to Mario Maniti, the former traffic enforcer chief.

With the partial closure of the Magalang road, it is always a rush hour situation now in the Macarthur highway stretch.

NO SIGN -- Me and my friends at Monday Club which meet at Ribeye Restaurant, a stone throw away from Marquee Mall and the city hall usually use the Magalang road. I noticed that no adquate warning signals were installed.

Many questions are raised. Why is there no billboard notifying the public how much is the project? The starting date in the implementation of the project and the date of completion? The agency undertaking the project? Who is the contractor?

No, we don't ask how much SOP given by the contractor and to whom. We are only interested in the early completion of the project and its integrity.

BIKE AND TRIKE LANES- With the sheer number of bicycle riders now, I am suggesting that officials of the three cities, Mabalacat, Angeles and San Fernando should meet and thoroughly address and come up with a solution on how to accommodate the tens of thousands of bikers now using daily the highways and secondary roads. Officials shouldn't be reactive but pro-active, as they usually say. Don't wait for accidents to happen.

By the way, motorists are complaining why no adequate warning signs were placed on the road expansion project of the Friendship Highway portion from the Noblesse school up to the Paning's area. Please put the required billboard when will the project be completed and who is the contractor, so we will know whom to blame for the lapses.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 25, 2014.


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