Transportation Planning & Traffice Management

To solve traffic woes: Sara pushes inclusion of Davao in President's emergency powers

October 19, 2016 By

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte is pushing for the inclusion of Davao City in the areas to be covered by the proposed Traffic and Congestion Crisis Act.

Under the proposal, President Rodrigo Duterte will be granted emergency powers to remedy the traffic crisis in Metro Manila and other highly urbanized cities like Cebu.

“We want to be included in the emergency powers of the President, just like Metro Manila and Cebu,” the mayor said Wednesday, a day after Congress conducted a public hearing on the traffic crisis in Davao City.

The hearing’s objective was to consult Davao City’s transport sector and local officials about the inclusion of the city in the bill that is currently being fine-tuned.

The hearing was presided by House Transportation Committee Chair Cesar V. Sarmiento and Deputy Speaker Raneo Raine Abu. Also present during the hearing were Committee Vice Chair Cesar Sarmiento and Land Transportation Office Asst. Sec. Edgar Galvante and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chair Martin Delgra.

Tuesday’s hearing was the 9th in the series that was first conducted in Cebu.

Jose Thor Villarreiz, Davao City Manager of taxi service Grab, supported calls for Davao to be placed under President Duterte’s emergency powers.

“If it could mean the fast implementation of projects and programs that would improve roads and ease traffic congestion, then I think it is worthy of support,” he said.

During the hearing, Davao City Administrator Zuleika Lopez reechoed Mayor Sara’s position.

She noted the rapid growth happening in the city and how this could have an adverse impact on traffic.

“With the way urban development is happening in Davao City now, there is an urgent need to complement these with effective measures and traffic mitigation programs,” said Lopez.

Lopez said the city is looking at various proposals to solve the traffic woes of the city, which includes management of the volume of car ownership, congestion management, elevated tollways, mass transport system, walkways, bikeways, and multi-level parking facilities.

Mayor Inday Sara has sought the expertise of a team of traffic planners to help remedy the traffic problem in the city. CIO