Guv demands ‘holistic’ solution to Iloilo City’s traffic woes

ILOILO – Before it gets worse, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. is demanding a “holistic” approach in solving Iloilo City’s perennial problem – traffic congestion.

He said that city officials, especially Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, should also hear the plight of affected commuters, merchants, drivers and jeepney operators from the province.

“I believe that the province and city of Iloilo should work as one on this matter. It will be unfair and uncalled for if only one side is heard and considered,” Defensor pointed out.

He also lamented that traffic affects him. “In fact, it irritates me, especially when it will take me hours to reach my house in Mandurriao,” he said.

“No one who resides in the city can say that he has more interest that me insofar as traffic management here is concerned,” he stressed.

Defensor made his stand during his dialogue with Confederation of Iloilo Province Jeepney Owners and Drivers Association Inc. (CIPJODA) held in Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

CIPJODA, along with PISTON-Panay, Panay Consumer’s Alliance, BAYAN and Pamanggas, is against the implementation of Iloilo City’s 2013 Comprehensive Perimeter Boundary Ordinance (CPBO).

CIPJODA President Proceso Parreño claimed that the CPBO, authored by Councilor Plaridel Nava, is crippling their operation resulting to income loss, inconvenience and additional expense to passengers.

With the implementation of CPBO, only four car passes are issued per town regardless of the number of jeepney units an association may have. Unlike before, the issuance of car pass is on a percentage basis.

“What will happen to us now? We cannot tell the children of our drivers not to eat today because their trips are affected,” Parreño lamented.

According to CIPJODA, Sta. Barbara has 250 jeepney units, Zarraga has 120, Alimodian has 80, Tigbuan has 53, and San Joaquin has 16.

Reducing the number of provincial jeepneys to four per town will create a big gap for commuter’s demand especially at peak hours, he said.

Instead of prohibiting them from entering the city, CIPJODA suggests that an odd-even scheme or other regulatory schemes to reduce the entry of private vehicles in the city’s main thoroughfares.

The National Economic and Development Authority’s 2013 Regional Economic Situationer states that of the 127,059 vehicles registered in Iloilo, 17,855 are for hire (14 percent) while 108,046 (85 percent) are private.

The group is also pushing that the city government should also strictly enforce a thorough, unbiased and sustained campaign against the violators of No Parking Zone. #2014News



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