Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella yesterday said his administration is now “finalizing options” for better traffic management and the “Park and Pay” scheme is just one of what they might implement, a press release from the City said.
“The Park and Pay is just one of the options that we are looking at to decongest the traffic in the city,” Puentevella said, adding that they are also planning to close some streets in downtown Bacolod to make room for sidewalk vendors to be able to organize and not cause traffic, especially during rush hour, the press release said.
He also foresees this effort as part of their tourism agenda, it said.
Puentevella also said he will present this plan to the business sector as well as to the United Architects of the Philippines Bacolod Chapter, the press release said.
He said he has also invited urban planner Jose Dureza, who instituted the 1978 Urban Planning Development Code of Bacolod, and at the same time giving credit to architect Norman Campos, Jean Trebol of the Bacolod Anti-Baha Alliance and Bacolod City Traffic Office chief Benedicto Villarias for their ideas and suggestions to improve the traffic situation of the city, the press release added.
Should the scheme be accepted, it will be submitted to the City Council for approval. But, Puentevella said this will take a month to implement, the press release said.
On Bacolod being honored as one of the top five most competitive cities for 2012, surprisingly Puentevella said, “This is a wake-up call for us to do better as we are lagging behind Iloilo and other top cities in the country.”*