Had enough of traffic yet? Lawmaker Cebu Representative for the 6th district Gabriel Luis Quisumbing apparently shares the same sentiments. Last March, the congressman filed the House Bill 5556, otherwise known as “An Act Creating the Metro Cebu Traffic Management Authority (MCTMA), Defining its Power and Functions, Providing Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes.”
What exactly does the bill propose? Rep. Quisumbing states, “Our bill seeks to create the Metro Cebu Traffic Management Authority centrally focused on planning and identification of traffic problems and coordinating with the local government units of Metro Cebu for the formulation of programs and projects to be included in a traffic management master plan.”
They will cover the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Danao, Talisay, Naga, Cebu, and Carcar and the municipalities of Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela, Cordova, Minglanilla and San Fernando while other areas may be included during a later time. Their focus is to create a traffic plan encompassing the mentioned areas to create smoother flows of traffic between them. What about the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM)? On the city government website, it is described as “traffic enforcement arm of the City of Cebu”. Their responsibilities include, “information dissemination, maintenance of road users safety and orderliness and proactive traffic control measures.”
Representative Raul del Mar penned a similar bill, House Bill 372 in 2013 but the bill’s status has not changed from pending ever since. Quisumbing says the new bill he proposed would simply “get the ball rolling again.” Rather than compete, Rep. Quisumbing describes his new bill as complementing del Mar’s.
The bill has garnered support from Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino praises both congressmen. Also, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted a research with results indicating that the Philippines has lost a total of P2.4 billion due to traffic jams.
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