National government's help sought to solve traffic woes in Davao
A Davao City councilor has sought the assistance of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in easing the traffic problem of the city.
In a resolution submitted during Tuesday’s regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Councilor Bernard Al-ag requested Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to include the city in the agency’s priority infrastructure projects to remedy the city’s traffic woes.
For her part, Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has been exploring possible solutions to the traffic congestion in the city.
She has also asked the Department of Public Works and Highways to expedite the completion of road constructions and rehabilitation of drainage systems in the city.
Milagros Delos Reyes, OIC Assistant Engineer of the DPWH Davao City District Engineering office, has appeared before the City Council Tuesday and promised to finish the road constructions across Davao on November 1.
DPWH workers are only deployed from 9 pm to 4 am. If DPWH will work during the day, the traffic congestion will worsen, she said.
Mayor Sara has formed a team of traffic planners tasked to look into ways to improve transport systems — including what and how new systems can be crafted and implemented in certain areas of the city.
Tugade earlier said DOTr will prioritize cities where traffic congestion has become a crisis and has affected their respective economies.
Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, for his part, said several foreign investors have signified their interest to invest in the proposed Mindanao railroad project.
“There are several foreign investors waiting for me to discuss the railway project. There are Japanese investors who are interested,” he said. CIO