A traffic solution?
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Will a transport terminal for Public Utility Vehicles in Dumaguete City be one of the solutions to the recurring problem of traffic congestion in the city?
An ordinance is being passed in the city for the purpose of regulating all PUVs plying its thoroughfares to put in order that the imposition of fees, prescribing routes and providing penalties for all erring PUVs, such as public utility jeepneys, filcabs or multicabs, and garage to terminal express for hire.
The Local Government Code of 1991 Section 458 (4-i), (5-v), (5-vi) states that it may regulate the use of streets, avenues, alleys, sidewalks, bridges, parks, terminals and other public places and regulate traffic on all streets and bridges. Local Government Units are also covered under Section 16 by the General Welfare Clause.
The ordinance titled “Dumaguete City Transport Terminal Ordinance” that will cover the operation and management of the terminal and the prescribed routes of public utility vehicles, is now on second reading.
We know that the ordinance has noble intentions for the common good and benefit for the people. The city has been confronted for many years now by the problem of temporary terminals along road shoulders that are hazardous to commuters.
We believe the lack of integrated terminals and those terminals sprouting in the commercial district that are in strategic areas contribute to traffic congestion in the city.
We therefore hope that this ordinance will be realized and will truly regulate and decongest the city streets of Dumaguete.*