BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, May 11 (PIA) – National government agencies involved in the maintenance and implementation of transportation and traffic laws will be apprehending commuters who will be defying traffic management along portions of road construction on the national highway here.
This developed as Governor Carlos Padilla called an emergency meeting this morning among officials of the two districts of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and project contractors of various road construction projects here.
“This is a major preparation for the observance of the Holy Week where commuters coming in and out of the Cagayan Valley region will be spared from long hours of traffic along road construction works in the towns of Diadi, Bayombong, Aritao and Sta. Fe,” Padilla said.
The meeting was prompted by numerous incidents of clogged traffic especially along portions of the national highway in barangay Magsaysay in Bayombong town due to poor traffic management.
Commuters during the weekend were stalled for more than four hours due to poor traffic management and influx of additional commuters passing the national highway to attend the Tam-an Multi-Purpose Cooperative at barangay Busilac and Alay Kapwa Multi-Purpose Cooperative general assemblies at the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) in barangay Don Domingo Marcos, all in Bayombong town.
Padilla also scolded the representative of Northern Builders, contractor of the road rehabilitation project here over the incident.
“In fact, we are helping and assisting you to correct flaws on traffic management and we expect full cooperation and support from you as contractor,” he said.
Padilla also directed the simplication and improvement of traffic management along the road construction in barangay Magsaysay to prevent unnecessary intrusion of counterflow vehicles.
“Traffic management regulation violators will be penalized strictly and they will follow the consequences of insisting to go beyond allowable traffic areas,” he said.
Padilla also ordered the mobilization of volunteer civic organizations, barangay officials, rescue units, heavy equipments and radio communication groups in cases of vehicular accidents and to assist in the traffic-prone area during the Holy Week observance.
Claro Labitoria, LTO provincial chief said they will be providing law enforcement personnel to conduct the issuance of violations and confiscation of registration plates and driver’s license for those who will be caught violating traffic regulations and laws.
The composite law enforcement team and improvement on the traffic management scheme, Padilla said is expected ease lengthy traffic for commuters passing by Nueva Vizcaya.
“We expect to provide a manageable flow of traffic for our commuters so that they can pass by the province with ease, convenience and comfort,” he added. (ALM/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)