By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has designated transport reform advocate and former city councilor Ariel Inton as the city’s new traffic czar.
A former board member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Inton was named action officer of the Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management which Belmonte created on 29 July 2019 through Executive Order 9-2019.
The QC Traffic Task Force will take over traffic management duties from the city’s Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS).
With the 60-day deadline imposed by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the DPOS will now be focused on the clearing of obstructions and illegal infrastructure and the management and promotion of “green” transport such as electric jeeps and tricycles.
“The Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management shall implement the Traffic Management Code and the Road Safety Code of Quezon City, with specific focus on: the regulation of tricycles and pedicabs; the orderliness and safety of all forms of public utility vehicle terminals including identified loading and unloading points and the management of vehicular traffic,” the executive order read.
The task force will remain in place until a new body, the Quezon City Department of Traffic and Transport Management, is created and become fully operational.
The creation of the QC Traffic Department is included in the 14-point executive agenda of Mayor Belmonte.
The development comes at the heels of President Duterte’s directive to Metro Manila mayors to clear the capital region’s Mabuhay Lanes of all types of obstructions and to reclaim all public roads that were being used for private purposes.
President Duterte has issued the directive during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) in an apparent bid to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.