Baguio mayor orders barangay officials to implement traffic ordinance

BAGUIO CITY –- Re-elected Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Friday, June 17, reiterated his directive to all barangay officials to clear barangay roads from obstructions that affect the flow of traffic which compromise the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike.

The mayor’s directive was a result of a fire incident that occurred inside the compound of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Barangay Engineer’s Hill last month.

In his directive, Domogan pressed for the strict implementation of Baguio City Ordinance 7 series 1984 also known as the “Ordinance Adopting a Comprehensive Transportation and Traffic Regulations in the City” which further provides the towing of vehicles parked in undesignated parking areas.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) requires parking spaces of motor vehicles prior to registration but is limited to public utility vehicles (PUV) only.

Domogan said it is about time for the Baguio City Council to pass amendments to the existing traffic and transportation code by requiring private vehicle owners, proof of parking spaces before the vehicles are registered.

Domogan suggested that barangay officials look for vacant lots in their respective areas and identify the same as village needs to be utilized as parking space for their constituents.

“The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) does not have enough men to apprehend illegally parked vehicles on roads that hamper the flow of traffic, thus, the need for the 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,” Domogan said.

It is the responsibility of these local officials to remind their constituents with vehicles not to park at the roadside, considering that this is one of the causes of traffic congestions as well as accidents, Domogan added.

Domogan encouraged barangay residents to report vehicle owners who disregard the ordinance to their barangay officials for appropriate action. PNA/