Joe halts Jed’s ‘intelligent traffic’ project

BY GLENDA SOLOGASTOA

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ILOILO City – Mayor Jose Espinosa III put on hold his predecessor’s Intelligent Transport System (ITS) project that would supposedly address traffic congestion in the city.

Going ahead with the ITS without a comprehensive study on the city’s traffic situation was not an intelligent move at all, he said.

Espinosa cancelled the procurement of ITS equipment that included security cameras, among others.

ITS was conceptualized to address traffic congestion – especially on Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (formerly Diversion Road) – caused by vehicular accidents, improper parking of vehicles and reckless driving.

The city government allotted P25 million for it and in January this year, then mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog formed a technical working group.

“I want to really look at it sa perspective sang practicability, acquisition of equipment…it is a big amount kag basi wala man may mabulig sa aton traffic,” said Espinosa.

There was already a winning bidder, said the mayor, but he cancelled the awarding of contract.

Espinosa wanted the project reviewed.

“Kinanglan gid nga lantawon considering the money that big…I want to check how many cameras are needed…where is the command center, among others,” he said.

He stressed the importance of conducting a feasibility study.

Ang traffic…before you could say you can get a solution, kinahanglan you know the problem,” said Espinosa.

He revealed having sought technical assistance for a comprehensive study on the city’s traffic situation from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its country manager who recently visited the city.

“Unless there is really a comprehensive study on traffic, indi mo gid na ‘ya masolbar. Nag-jump na kita ‘ya sa ITS nga waay pa gani study,” said Espinosa who had served as city councilor and chaired the committee on appropriations and task force traffic.

ITS would have personnel monitoring the traffic situation and alerting enforcers to go after them, with the objective of keeping the streets orderly and without congestion.
Mabilog said ITS would also be a big help during vehicular accidents. These could easily be responded by concerned authorities, he said.

USAID was yet to respond to his request for assistance, said Espinosa./PN