THE CITY Traffic and Transport Management Office (CTTMO) concluded the five-day capacity-building training and traffic management plan formulation with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday, Feb. 24.
The MMDA conducted a thorough inspection of the traffic situation in the city and assessed the efficacy of its implementing traffic management system through ocular inspections of traffic facilities, traffic count, road inventory surveys, and focus group discussions.
The agency also shared with the CTTMO its technical expertise in formulating a cohesive and effective traffic management plan. The training program ended on Friday, with the MMDA presenting its initial findings, the aggregate of which will serve as a basis for the traffic management plan proposal.
CTTMO Chief Dionisio Abude, in an interview, said the data gathered by the MMDA yielded essential insights to improve the traffic management system of the city.
“Naay mga findings nila pero gina-finalize pa para mao tong among ginatawag na traffic management plan (There are findings, but they are still being finalized to be used in formulating a traffic management plan),” Abude said.
Abude added the MMDA’s overall assessment of the traffic situation in the city has been favorable, especially since the agency saw the ongoing road repairs.
The joint training program also exposed the necessity to keep an accurate traffic count of major roads in the city to measure the annual average daily traffic in the metropolitan area.
“Ang kadtong traffic count nato, wala tay data. So, dili nato ma-adjust ang atong mga traffic signal tungod kay wala gyud tay kapasidad sa pag traffic count sa mga sakyanan. So, mao toy pinaka-focus gyud na wala ta sa Davao (We do not have data on our traffic cont. That is why we cannot adjust our traffic signals because we do not the have the ability to conduct a traffic count of vehicles),” he further said.
During the training program, Abude said several CTTMO personnel learned how to conduct a traffic count properly.
He added the knowledge imparted by the MMDA team is invaluable to improving the capabilities of CTTMO personnel.
“Dako pud kaayog advantage sa atong mga enforcer nga gi-impart pud nila ilang experiences ug ilang knowledge kay kabalo man ta na grabe pud ang traffic sa Manila, so, naa silay mga knowledge na na-impart na magamit pud nato diri sa atong mga traffic enforcers (The knowledge they shared is really an advantage for our enforcers. They gained experience from dealing with the traffic situation in Manila so they really have first-hand knowledge that are useful to our traffic enforcers),” Abude added.
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