By Philippine News Agency
The municipality of Sibulan in Negros Oriental will soon adopt the city’s so-called Discipline Zone to ease traffic congestion.
Sibulan senior administrative assistant Iris Indira Requiron-Puspus said Friday Mayor Jose Abiera wanted to designate the national highway going to the airport, the flea market in Boloc-boloc and the routes going to the church every 13th of the month as discipline zone.
The passenger traffic at Sibulan has been growing especially every 13th of each month when pilgrims flock to the St. Anthony of Padua Church.
Abiera has tasked initially the Traffic Committee of Councilors Roy Calingacion and Eddie Gravador to initiate amendments of the existing traffic ordinance of Sibulan for it to be “realistic” with the present times in terms of fines and penalties.
The mayor also instructed the passage of a jaywalking ordinance so the implementation would be encompassing to include all other violations, such as smoking in public places.
The office of the municipal mayor also saw the need to upgrade the operation of the traffic management office in preparation for the implementation of the discipline zone.
For his part, Sibulan police chief, Sr. Insp. Nelson Lamoco, expressed support to the mayor’s desire to put order along the national highway” with a few concerns on the lack of personnel.
Lamoco welcomed a proposal to utilize barangay tanods and to provide for additional personnel.
Meanwhile, a dry run had been conducted for one week at the flea market located along the national highway in Boloc-boloc, Sibulan.
Parking was prohibited along the highway and sidewalks, and it was found out that traffic congestion was addressed especially during rush hours.