BAGUIO CITY – During his monthly meeting with the 128 punong barangays last week at the Baguio City multi-purpose hall, mayor Mauricio Domogan directed all barangay officials in the city of Baguio to monitor and to clear barangay roads from any obstructions that may affect the smooth flow of traffic as well as compromise the welfare of pedestrians and motorists.
After the ill-fated incident that took place within the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) compound at the Engineer’s Hill last May 28, Domogan urged the barangay officials to strictly implement the existing city ordinance no. 7, series of 1984 otherwise known as the Ordinance Adopting a Comprehensive Transportation and Traffic Regulations in the city provides for the towing of vehicles parked in undesignated parking areas.
Although the Land Transporatation Office requires parking spaces prior to the registration of motor vehicles to public utility vehicles only, the mayor believes that is it high time for the city council to pass amendments to the existing traffic and transportation code by also requiring private vehicle owners proof of parking spaces before the registration of their vehicles.
On the other hand, he urged barangay officials to look for vacant lots in their respective barangays and identify the same as barangay needs to be utilized as parking space for their constituents.
“The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) lacks manpower to apprehend illegal parked vehicles on roads that hamper the flow of traffic, thus, I need your (barangay officials) active involvement in our campaign to clear city as well as barangay roads from any obstructions to avoid untoward incidents in the near future,” stressed Domogan.
“As barangay officials, it is your responsibility to talk and to remind your constituents with vehicles not to park at the roadside considering that this is one of the causes of traffic congestions as well as accidents,” he added.
Moreover, the mayor also encouraged barangay residents to monitor willful private vehicle owners and report them to their barangay officials for appropriate action./Jho Arranz