Summit tackles Imus’ perennial traffic woes

Published March 17, 2019, 3:41 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Anthony Giron 

IMUS CITY, Cavite—The city held its first traffic summit over the weekend to address the long-time road congestion and commuting problem particularly during rush hours.


A popular firm survey the city government commissioned revealed that congestion was the number one complaint of residents in Imus, surpassing such issues as peace and order, illegal drugs, health, and environment.

City officials and representatives from different sectors attended the gathering at the Training Center of The District-Imus in Barangay Anabu II.

Mayor Emmanuel Leonardo Maliksi called the summit to find solutions to the traffic problem particularly on Aguinaldo Highway, the main roads in Bucandala, Bayan Luma, Carsadang Bago, NIA (National Irrigation Administration), Nueno Avenue, Imus Market, Patindig Araw, and Malagasang Coastal/Open Canal.

The summit was attended by Councilors Raymond S. Arguelles, Exequiel B. Ropeta and Leo Deocadiz, City Traffic Management Officer Rizaldy Nato, Planning department head Rodel Pelaez, City Engineer Christian Mervin Sarno, Kristoffer John D.G. Dakis, consultant, Office of the Mayor; media members, barangay captains, representatives from the business sector, officers from the Imus Tricycle Drivers and Operators Association (TODA), sidewalk groups and other concerned residents.

Maliksi and Dakis appealed to residents to help the city government by sharing their inputs on how to ease the traffic burden.

Dakis laid down the City of Imus Transport and Traffic Management Plans and Programs as a solution to the traffic congestion and which touched on the state of the roads, the pedestrians, vendors, structures, tricycles, posts and other traffic hazards.

Maliksi said he does not mind being criticized by the netizens or residents as long as their plaints are constructive. One such criticism was the remark “Sobra ang traffic sa Imus, nakakainis na, parang ikaw, mayor.” (There’a so much traffic in Imus, it’s irritating just like you, mayor.). He also read at least four other complaints which he asked the media to publish.

Imus has 97 barangays and a population of 403,785. Hundreds of thousands of vehicles pass the city’s main roads daily.

Residents, mostly students and office workers, find it hard getting rides during rush hours because there are not enough buses, vans and jeepneys.

The summit lasted for more than three hours.