Mega Cebu, Cebu Province holds Traffic Management Seminar Workshop

MCDCB Chair Hon. Hilario P. Davide III welcomes the guests and participants during the Urban Talks focus on Traffic held last May 9, 2018 at the Social Hall of the Cebu Provincial Capitol. 
Mega Cebu remains steadfast in its venture to reinforce Metro Cebu’s urban transport management. In line with this noble undertaking, Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Cebu and the Governance and Linkages unit of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., facilitated the Urban Talks on Traffic Management on May 9, 2018 at the Social Hall of the Cebu Provincial Capitol Building to disseminate cognizance of the public and key leaders on traffic management.

The seminar workshop was participated by several stakeholders including the local chief executives of the Metro Cebu LGUs, city/municipality planners, city/municipality engineers, representatives from national government agencies, academe and the private sector, among others.

In his opening remarks, MCDCB Chair Hon. Hilario Davide III laid out the objectives of the forum. “This Urban Talks on Traffic Management aims to increase awareness of the public and key leaders on Urban Traffic management. It is hoped that the ensuing discussions will generate the necessary impetus for stakeholders to commit to taking a unified stand to find solutions,” said Davide.

As a situationer, Engr. Lynn Madrona, Vice Chair of the MCDCB RPOD Subcommittee on Traffic and Transport and JICA Consultant, provided a brief presentation on the current traffic situation of Metro Cebu in which she also shared the activities that the committee has done to address the issue.

Aside from the local chief executive, also present during the forum were LTO 7 Regional Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec and LTFRB 7 Regional Director Ahmed Cuizon. Together with Engr. Madrona, they addressed questions from the participants. While the questions were addressed to them, additional inputs and ideas were provided by local chief executives who attended.

Ms. Evelyn Nacario-Castro, Executive Director of the MCDCB Research, Program, and Organizational Development – Program Management Office (PMO), led the facilitation of the workshop in the afternoon where the participants were grouped and tasked to come up with immediate short-term solutions to different aspects of traffic.

“There is no need for denial anymore since we are already experiencing traffic congestion”, said Engr. Madrona. “The most important thing is we have to move on to thinking together”, she continued.

Metro Cebu’s traffic problem has assumed the size and ferocity of a monster as it is tormenting the community 24/7, no respite. Such a grave issue stagnates progress and thus calls for the immediate response of both local governments and private sectors to consolidate a panacea for this ordeal.