DUMAGUETE CITY – The municipality of Sibulan is in the process of adopting Dumaguete City’s discipline zone to ease and decongest traffic along the national highway going to the airport, at the Talipapa flea market in Boloc-Boloc, and at the routes going to the Church every 13th of the month.
Mayor Jose Abiera wants to designate the national highway from boundary of Dumaguete up to the boundary with San Jose as a discipline zone, learning from the gains achieved by Dumaguete in just two to three months of implementation.
According to Sibulan Senior Administrative Assistant III Iris Indira Requiron-Puspus, meetings had been conducted with the Highway Patrol Group headed by PSIns Robelito Mariano and representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Land Transportation Office, and the Traffic Manangement Office of Sibulan including the Police headed by PSIns Nelson Lamoco.
As an initial move, Mayor Abiera has tasked the traffic committee of Councilors Roy Calingacion and Eddie Gravador to initiate amendments of the existing traffic ordinances of Sibulan for it to be realistic with the present times in terms of fines and penalties and to include the passage of a jaywalking ordinance. The ordinances should also include other violations such as smoking in public places.
Meanwhile, a dry run had been conducted for one week at the flea market which is located along the national highway in Boloc-boloc, Sibulan particularly against parking along the highway and the sidewalks.
The office of the municipal mayor also saw the need to upgrade the operation of the traffic management office in preparation for the implementation of the discipline zone.
For his part, Sibulan police chief PSIns Nelson Lamoco is very supportive of the desire of the mayor to put order along the national highway with few concerns on the lack of personnel. According to Lamoco, recent directives from the police regional office specified that 50 percent of their efforts should be focused on the campaign against illegal drugs.