Mayor deploys 100 additional traffic enforcers to MassKara
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonadia led today [Sept. 28] the ceremonial “send-off” of 100 newly trained traffic enforcers to their respective assignments, which will start on Oct. 1, the opening day of the 37th MassKara Festival.
The “send-off” was made during their culminating activity at the Bacolod Government Center today [Sept. 28].
Armando Tubongbanua, outgoing head of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO), said the 100 new traffic enforcers had just finished a rigid training on basic traffic enforcement and character-building conducted by the BTAO from September 17 to 26.
Leonardia said the skills of the new traffic enforcers will be put to test this coming MassKara Festival, especially so that President Rodrigo Duterte will arrive on Oct. 2 to officially open the 23-day festival.
The mayor said that currently there are 163 traffic enforcers manning the city streets, but this number is considered way below the ideal number of 400 traffic personnel in order to be efficient in handling the traffic problem.
He said the BTAO recommended a minimum of 400 traffic enforcers to man the traffic of the city but because of “budgetary disaster” the city government cannot reach that number.
But despite the low budget, the mayor said his administration has looked for ways to “squeeze” funds in order to train and hire additional traffic enforcers.
The mayor told the traffic enforcers that they are no ordinary employees and he considers them as “special forces.”
“A well-managed traffic means good city management,” he told them, adding that in the aspect of “peace and order,” the traffic enforcers help in ensuring the order in the city.
Moreover, as part of the ceremonies, the Indian community in Bacolod called Punjabi Khalsa Diwan, headed by its president Malkit Singh, turned over traffic paraphernalia like traffic vest, gloves, raincoats, and boots to the BTAO for the use of traffic enforcers.
Leonardia expressed his gratitude to the Indian community for their generous support to the city.*