The Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office/Traffic Management Unit and the City Engineer's Office, through the Office of the Mayor, to put up signage indicating the schedule of the truck ban at the Circumferential Road and perimeter of the downtown area.
The request was contained in a resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, and approved by the SP Wednesday.
The resolution said City Ordinance 542, series of 2011, that amended the Comprehensive Traffic Management and Regulation Ordinance of 2003, provides that the BTAO/TMU should post at least 10 signs in strategic portions of the Circumferential Road indicating the city ordinance number, the truck ban schedule and the penalty for its violation.
These signs should indicate the schedule of the truck ban, as provided in CO 542, that is between 6-8 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, it said.
CO 542, that has been in effect for two years, provides that all cargo/delivery trucks more than 4.8 tons and 16 feet should be prohibited from entering the perimeter of the downtown area, the resolution said.
The immediate installation of signage will be helpful in preventing traffic congestion in these areas considering that the milling season has started, as well as the MassKara Festival, it said.
Meanwhile, the SP also approved a resolution directing the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government to immediately spearhead the transfer of informal settler families living in danger and high-risk areas.
Authored by Councilor Alex Paglumotan, the resolution said the transfer to decent housing sites will pave the way for the clearing of clogged waterways, under Republic Act 6975, Executive Order 262, and RA 7279.
Paglumotan also authored a resolution directing the Bacolod Housing Authority, headed by Josephine Segundino, through Mayor Monico Puentevella to conduct a survey to identify the actual number of informal settlers living in danger zones in Bacolod City.*CGS