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Tricycle drivers around Mandaue City will have to follow a new route soon, in adherence to the directive from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Sunstar reported.
The memorandum circular from DILG, a reiteration of the previous guidelines, mandates local government units to review existing ordinances on tricycles and pedicabs and make sure that these public transport vehicles are no longer servicing along national highways and other major thoroughfares. The order, however, makes an exemption for cases when there are no other alternative routes. Granted authority, Sangguniang Panlungsod can permit tricycles to drive through national and major roads.
New Traffic Scheme
The Mandaue City government has finalized its Local Transport Plan and Traffic Management Plan, integrating DILG’s directive. John Eddu Ybañez, executive secretary to Mayor Jonas Cortes, swore that the transport rules will be implemented in specific roads where tricycles are still servicing.
He also noted that the government encourages the entry of e-jeepneys to absorb tricycle operators affected by the new order.
After discussions within the council, the rerouting plan drafted by the city’s research team will be brought to a consultative meeting with operators and drivers.
Announced in 2018, the nationwide ban on tricycles on major thoroughfares is for safety purposes, according to DILG. The vehicles traversing national highways pose serious risks to other motor vehicles, the riding public, and the drivers themselves.
Clear Barangay Roads
Aside from a new rerouting scheme, Mandaue City will also see more road clearing operations, especially in barangays. This is part of another DILG directive, which was a response to President Duterte’s call to reclaim all public roads being used for private purposes, made in his 2019 State of the Nation Address.
Even before the mandate from the national government, Mandaue has already been clearing roads, as mentioned in this Sunstar article. The initial clearing operations on the city’s 27 barangays were completed in 2019. Mandaue City Legal Enforcement Unit (MCLEU) then turned over the initiative to the barangay officials, as the road clearing policy dictated. In case the barangays experience legal disputes during operations, MCLEU will again be involved.
Last January 9, the legal office passed the clearing operations over to Barangay Tipolo, following its compliance with the requirements. The barangay was able to list down all obstructions in their area as well as submit a resolution in forming a village road clearing task force.
As of the last report, seven barangays have adhered to the requirements, namely Tipolo, Subangdaku, Banilad, Guizo, Mantuyong, Canduman and Casili.
Road Development Initiatives
Along with local government units working on improving road use, Cebu is also gearing up for more roads being developed. One of the big-ticket items is the Metro Cebu Expressway, a P28-billion project that stretches 73.75 kilometers from Naga City in the south to Danao City in the north.
Its first segment is a 26-km arterial road from the Minglanilla-Talisay boundary to the Mandaue City-Consolacion boundary. The second segment spans over 29 kilometers, starting from Mandaue City-Consolacion boundary and ending at Danao City. The last segment includes the Minglanilla-Talisay boundary all the way to Naga City with a 17.15-kilometer length. The project is set to be completed before the president’s term ends. As of last update, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 is awaiting approval of unsolicited proposals.
Meanwhile, the 3rd Mactan-Cebu bridge construction is in full swing. The latest report from Rappler in December 2019 showed that the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway was almost halfway done. The P22-billion project stretches over eight kilometers, linking the municipalities in Southern Cebu to Mactan, allowing easier travels for motorists going to the international airport.
In addition to decongesting traffic on other major roads, the city government believes that the thoroughfare would bring economic progress to Cordova, spurring employment opportunities and improving the efficiency of business operations. It’s expected to be completed in 2021.
The 4th Mactan-Cebu bridge and coastal road construction project, meanwhile, has received the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board’s approval recently, as mentioned in this GMA Network report.
With a budget of P76.41 billion, the initiative includes building a 3.3-km bridge with a 3.38-km elevated viaduct, as well as a 4.9-km four-lane coastal road that has a 4.751-km elevated viaduct. There will be interchanges at the linkage between the bridge and coastal highway.
Sources: DPWH 7, Sunstar, DILG, Rappler, GMA Network