In line with the anticipated worsening of the traffic condition at the Baclaran area expected with the onset of Christmas Season and upon consultation with various Interest Groups and stakeholders, including the MMDA represented by Traffic Engineering Director and Officer-In-Charge of Traffic Management Office Neomie Recio, the Parañaque City Traffic Management Office under its chief Mario Bautista added more traffic enforcers as well as prepared improvements to the new rerouting scheme (TRAFFIC CIRCULAR No. 02) in the Baclaran church area as part of the City Government’s goal to ease the traffic flow in the area.
Responding to reports on the first day of the new scheme’s implementation, the city government deployed eight traffic enforcers (doubled the manpower) and four police personnel as well as made plans to add more traffic signs that would be more visible to motorists so that they would know which way they needed to go ensuring a smooth and steady flow of traffic. Roxas Boulevard and Quirino Ave. are under MMDA jurisdiction while Redemptorist road, Service road and Airport road will be under the city’s authority.
Apart from adding more police and traffic enforcers by the city government in the area, close coordination between city traffic enforcers and MMDA personnel will also be emphasized so that both groups will be able to monitor traffic effectively in their assigned areas. Adjustment on the timing of the traffic light placed in the corner of Airport road and Quirino Avenue which is also important will be handled by the MMDA.
“Things start off rough at first and that’s to be expected when you try to make a new approach. Despite this, it provides us with valuable insights to make the necessary adjustments which will make the implementation more effective,” Mayor Bernabe said. The mayor called upon motorists to cooperate with both city and MMDA traffic operatives to guarantee the smooth flow of traffic.
Before the implementation of the rerouting scheme, the mayor met in several meetings with Baclaran vendors, transport operators and the MMDA represented by Traffic Engineering Director and Officer-In-Charge of Traffic Management Office Neomie Recio to make sure that all parties agreed and supported the launching of the new traffic scheme to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.
Prior to this the City Government also cleared the area of vendors who were crowding the roads which added to the heavy traffic, making difficult for motorist and commuters to make their way to their destination.