Anti-road obstructions task force created to address traffic problem in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY -– Rafael Tallocoy, executive secretary to Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, on Tuesday, October 4 said a task force was created to strictly implement transportation and traffic regulations in Baguio City to include all 128 barangays.

Tallocoy said that by virtue of Administrative Order 116 creating the task force, the problem on traffic due to illegal parking and other illegal obstructions along public roads and highways will now be addressed.

Task force “Operation Anti-Road Obstructions” will be chaired by city engineer Elpidio Garabiles with co-chairpersons Baguio City Councilor and ABC president Michael Lawana and retired PSupt. Villamor Bumanglag.

The task force will involve the participation and cooperation of the Cordillera Regional Offices of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Baguio City District Engineering Office DPWH-BCDEO), City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO), City Engineer’s Office (CEO), the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), City Legal Office (CLO), City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), Public Order and Safety Division (POSD), non-government organizations (NGOs) and the Federation of Transport Groups in Baguio.

The BCPO personnel will secure the safety of the people involved in the implementation of the directive and ensure order in the enforcement of the operations.

The 128 punong barangays (village chiefs) are directed to implement the directive in their respective jurisdictions.

“The task force is directed to cause the removal of illegally parked vehicles, equipment, including junked items that are parked, occupying or protruding to the roads, construction materials occupying the 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,” Tallocoy said. Jojo Lamaria/