Motorists back clearings

Most city motorists have given support to the clearing of two-side parkings along the north national highway as a means of decongesting traffic in the city.

It’s still mostly infodissemination period of transition. Soon five other national highways in the city will also be similarly cleared of double parkings.

Tricycle lanes will be on the right side while 4-wheel vehicles and motorcycles will be in the center. This is part of the master plan of Mayor Felipe Remollo who promised positive change in many aspects of city life.

Clearing of obstructions along the national highway in Dumaguete started Monday with a joint team from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 2nd engineering district, the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and the Traffic Management Office (TMO) of the city.

HPG team leader PS/Insp. Robelito Mariano stressed the actual clearing operation and information dissemination will run for one week, after which the LTO will now be issuing citation tickets.

There were no objections, but some motorists are playing cat and mouse with the law enforcement units, according to PSI Mariano.

He said sustainability of the campaign is a concern especially that there are a total of six national highways all over the city.

These are the Dumaguete North Road which is from the provincial capitol to the city limit, the Dumaguete South Road from the capitol to crossing PNB, Silliman Avenue, right to Perdices Street up to Robinsons place in Calindagan, third is Real street from junction Silliman Avenue up to Robinsons, fourth is from Robinsons to Valencia which is called Dumaguete –Valencia- Bacong road, fifth is from Portal West in Silliman up to the Silliman Farm which is called the Dumaguete Airport Road and sixth is from Portal West down to the port in Dumaguete.

According to PSI Mariano, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo’s directive is to clear the highways of any obstructions including the sidewalks of illegally parked motorcycles, fruit vendors, among others as provided for under RA 4136 otherwise known as the Land Transportation code of the Philippines and Presidential Decree No. 17, particularly Section 23.

Section 23 says that it shall be unlawful for any person to usurp any portion of a right-of-way, to convert any part of any public highway, bridge, wharf or trail to his own private use or to obstruct the same in any manner, or to use any highway beach for irrigation or other private purposes.

PSI Mariano, however, said that during the actual operation, owners of illegally parked vehicles or motorcycles are asked to present their drivers license and registration papers of their units, failure will compound the problem for the motorist.

He also said that since tricycles are used as the main form of transportation in the city, it is allowed to ply the national highways provided they are positioned in the right lane so private vehicles can freely move in the left side of the highway.

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