BAGUIO CITY – Citing the city’s traffic related problems due to illegal parking and other obstructions along the Summer Capital’s public roads and highways, Mayor Mauricio Domogan has issued administrative order no. 116, series of 2016, creating the “anti-road obstructions task force” to implement transportation and traffic regulations within the city.
It designates city engineer Elpidio Garabiles as chairman with councilor Michael Lawana and Ret. Gen. Villamor Bumanglag as vice-chairpersons representing the government and private sectors, respectively.
Members include councilor Benny Bomogao; DOTC-CAR Dir. Jose Eduardo Natividad or representative; DPWH-CAR Dir. Danilo Dequito or representative; DPWH-BCDEO District Engineer Alexander Castaneda or representative; CBAO head Nazita Banez or representative; BCPO Dir. George Daskeo or representative;
BCPO-TMU chief Freddie Lazona or representative; CPDO head Evelyn Cayat or representative; OIC City Legal Officer Melchor Rabanes or representative; Mark de Guzman, Teoderico Tan and Isidro Baquilar, all from the NGO sector; and the president of the transport groups in Baguio.
The measure directs the newly-created task force to “cause the removal of illegally parked vehicles, equipment, including junked items that are parked, occupying or protruding to the roads/streets, construction materials occupying right-of-way, such as sand, gravel, cement, lumber and steel bars, earth spoils, waste materials, debris, embankment, heaps and the like and all kinds of illegal structures such as houses, buildings, shanties, stores, shops, stalls, sheds, canopies, billboards, signages, advertisements, fences, railings, garbage, receptacles and the like obstructing city roads and streets in accordance with existing laws and regulations relative thereto.”
The order also tasks certain individuals from various public offices including punong barangays to carry out its mandate with the assistance of the city building official and city engineer’s office, city planning and development office, city environment and parks management office, POSD, city legal office, district engineer, DPWH and all barangay offices to effectively and efficiently implement the administrative order.
It states that the city council had long passed ordinance no. 7, series of 1984, adopting a Comprehensive Transportation and Traffic Regulations along with other related ordinances regulating parking and road obstructions with corresponding penalty for violations./Gaby Keith