Angeles City to host traffic summit
ANGELES CITY — The Angeles City local government will host a traffic summit at Royce Hotel in Clark Freeport Zone on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 to address the growing problem of traffic congestion in the city.
With the theme, “Abe-abe king problema, saup-saup king solusyun,” the day-long conference will tackle the issues on public transportation, traffic management, traffic legislation, the impact of the full utilization of Clark International Airport (CIA) and the future plans and projects of the local government that are geared towards the improvement of traffic.
Expected to attend the conference are officials from the neighboring municipalities of Porac and Magalang and the neighboring cities of San Fernando and Mabalacat. Officials from regional government offices, including Department of Public works and Highways, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Land Transportation Office and National Economic Development Authority were also invited.
Other invited participants include the public transport sector, represented by PASADA for the public utility jeepneys and FEDTODA, representing the tricycle drivers and operators, not only from Angeles City and Pampanga, but from other provinces in the region, as well.
Commuters, private vehicle drivers, students, office workers and businessmen are very vocal in their frustrations and anger during rush traffic hour, especially along Angeles-Magalang Road in Cutud, Sapa Libutad, Pandan Road. Friendship Road, where Korea town is located, as well as the intersection of Angeles-Porac and Friendship Highway in Barangay Cutcut, are among the traffic hotspots in the city.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan ordered the Angeles City Traffic Management Board (ACTMB) to conduct this summit in order to prepare the city and the people for the massive development that will reach the city, especially now that the focus of the national government is to fully utilize CIA as a regional gateway of the country.
“We cannot allow Angeles to be the next EDSA and we cannot allow our city to suffocate because our main arterial roads are blocked. While we at the government level are working and doing our best to mitigate the problem, we need the support and cooperation of the people, motorists, pedestrians, business people, and all major stakeholders,” Pamintuan stated.
“We have to impose discipline on the road and there will be no let-up in our campaign to clean our roads from illegally parked vehicles, encroachment, obstructions, sidewalk vendors and garbage,” Pamintuan added.
The mayor even mentioned that “no matter how many roads will be constructed, there will always be traffic because roads attract vehicles.”
Meanwhile, ACTDO Chief Dan Concepcion said that his office is aware of the many problems that our motorists and commuting public encounter on the road and he is constantly thinking of how to introduce solutions.