Mayor Estran͂ero creates council to address Tabuk City’s traffic woes

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TABUK CITY, Kalinga- Mayor Darwin Estrañero issued Executive Order (EO) No. 13 creating a council focused on drawing plans and measures to address the city’s growing road problems.

“The number of vehicular traffic accidents (VTAs) is increasing at an alarming rate with motorcycle accidents happening almost daily on the thoroughfares of Tabuk City,” the city chief executive stated.

“With the current state of road traffic in the city, there is a need for a multidisciplinary and collaborative problem-solving effort of all agencies that have roles and responsibilities in traffic management, transport operators and drivers, and the riding public,” Estrañero said.

The new Tabuk City Traffic Management Council (TCTMC) is chaired by the mayor and vice-chaired by Councilor Elvis Tabanganay who leads the Committee on Transportation at the Sanggunian, and involves the four pillars of traffic management in the city, namely, the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO), Land Transportation Office -Kalinga (LTO-Kalinga), Tabuk City Police Station (PNP-Tabuk), and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG).

Among the functions of the TCTMC is to design and implement a Traffic Management Plan to systematize the management of traffic, make recommendations on traffic, parking schemes, speed regulations, traffic safety, and placement of traffic-control devices in order to reduce road accidents.

The council is also tasked to review the existing Traffic Code of Tabuk City and propose amendments if necessary, to make it more responsive to the current state of traffic in the city.

Still in line with the mayor’s thrust to improve road safety, Tabuk City will soon be launching its state-of-the-art video surveillance and security system, the first of its kind in Kalinga.

The mayor said the system will place hundreds of CCTV cameras in key areas in the city, a service that will not only improve crime prevention and detection but also bolsters the city’s traffic surveillance. By Iryll Sicnao

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