A continuous flow of traffic even during rush hours can now be seen on the national highway in Minglanilla town, southern Cebu after the implementation of the “no-left turn, no-crossing” policy that started on January 14.
Aside from the new traffic policy, the local government of Minglanilla also implemented a truck ban from 6:00 – 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. for forward trucks and six-wheeled vehicles.
Engineer Leonardo Abao, project inspector of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) 2nd Engineering District, reported this in a meeting with Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and the mayors and traffic management officers of Minglanilla, Talisay City, and City of Naga Friday, January 22.
“Pasalamat kaayo ko sa concerted efforts kay improving na gyud ang traffic sa south, flowing na siya karon,” expressed Abao, a resident of the City of Naga.
The new policy covers the entire stretch from Linao, Talisay City to Tungkop, Minglanilla where bollards, or vertical posts that serve as barrier, have been installed save for the four areas designated as u-turn slots.
Each u-turn slot is manned by traffic enforcers to prevent build-up whenever a vehicle takes a u-turn.
Jonathan Tumulak, head of City of Talisay Traffic Operation and Development Authority, also reported that the usual traffic build-up along a shopping mall in Barangay Lawaan has eased up following the implementation of the new traffic scheme.
“It worked. Let’s keep at it. We have to maintain that,” expressed Garcia, delighted by the good news.
The governor heads the Provincial Traffic Management Board. She has led a series of meetings with various public transportation and traffic stakeholders in order to address the traffic situation in both northern and southern parts of Cebu.
Aside from the new traffic scheme, other solutions include the scheduled truck ban hours in Consolacion and Liloan towns, new schedule of the cargo releasing and pulling out from the international port, and the regulation of the return of empty containers and cargo trucks.
Starting Monday, January 25, empty intermodal containers can only be transported to their respective yards from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. in accordance with the governor’s Executive Order (EO) No. 2-B.
Empty trailer trucks, those without intermodal containers, are also prohibited from plying the national highway along Consolacion. (Lianne Llesol)