Dagupan mayor partially vetoes newly amended traffic ordinance

DAGUPAN CITY — Mayor Belen Fernandez has partially vetoed an ordinance passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) late last year that amended a traffic ordinance enacted way back in 2002.

Partially vetoed by the mayor was a particular section of Ordinance 2076-2016 which she dubbed as “prejudicial to public welfare” as big buses belonging to different companies were allowed to exit on Perez Boulevard where traffic congestion occurs at any time, especially during rush hours.

The veto message of the mayor read on Wednesday (January 4) during the first regular session of the year of the SP states: “the undersigned respectfully approves Ordinance 2076-2016 x x x x partially vetoing however the following provision on the ground that the same is prejudicial to public welfare”.

Vetoed was Section 4. Amendment to Article V, Section 4 (PUBs/mini buses) 13 of Article V is amended as follows: “13. For PUBs, particularly Solid North, Five Star, Victory Liner, shall pass through Caranglaan, Mayombo, enter Villa Costa Road towards their respective terminals. In going out of their terminals (they) shall pass through Perez Boulevard towards their respective destinations.”

Mayor Fernandez said allowing big buses to exit along Perez Boulevard, one of the busiest roads in the city, will immensely contribute to the already burgeoning traffic of the city.

Worse, she added, is the fact that the exit points of these buses are located near the intersection of Mayombo District, M.H. del Pilar and Perez Boulevard.

The mayor said that because of this and in consultation with the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO), she deemed to veto such provision being “prejudicial to public welfare”.

Fernandez has seven allies in the SP who form the majority bloc against only four in the minority

However, her closest ally, Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo, chair on the committee on laws and ordinances, said he could not comment yet on the mayor’s partial veto to the ordinance but said that he is more inclined to support another proposal seeking to make Perez Boulevard for one-way traffic.

Tamayo said that under the Local Government Code, it would take two-third vote of all the members of the SP to override the veto, but he would not comment on the matter yet as he respects the opinion of his colleagues.

On the other hand, Councilor Alvin Coquia, also a mayor’s ally and principal author of Ordinance No. 2076-2016, said the mayor may have her own reasons in partially rejecting the ordinance and the SP members have also their own opinion on the matter.

“We will study the mayor’s partial veto and our own ordinance before we can come out with our decision on the matter,” said Coquia.

However, he said, the reason they made Perez Boulevard as exit point of buses was that Villa Cosot road is too narrow for both entry and exit point of buses.

At that time, he said, there was no traffic light yet at the intersection of Perez Boulevard, Mayombo and M.H. del Pilar street when the traffic ordinance was enacted. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com