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EXCERPT FROM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF CEBU CITY TRAFFIC OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HELD ON SEPTEMBER

8, 2011 AT 9:00 A.M., AT CITOM OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM I. ATTENDANCE


Mr. Sylvan Jakosalem Atty. Jose Marie Poblete/Atty. Canete Atty. Carlo Vincent Gimena Fiscal Oscar Capacio Engr. Kenneth C.M. Enriquez P/C Insp. Aureo Sanchez Mr. Arnel Tancinco Atty. Jose Glenn Capanas Engr. Ramoncito Arquiza Mr. Victoriano Yap Jr. Hon. Michael Ralota Mr. Florito Dugaduga Mr. Rogelio Osmea Jr. Secretariat: Atty. Rafael Christopher Yap Mr. Ernesto Morales Jr. Ms. Lydia Tabar - Acting Dept. Head - Clerk I - Traffic Operation Officer I - Chairman - City Administrators Office - City Attorneys Office Representative - City Prosecutors Office - City Engineering Office Representative - Chief, Traffic Group, CCPO - LTO, Assistant Regional Director - Private Sector Representative - Private Sector Representative - Private Sector Representative - ABC President - Public Information Officer - Honorary Member

Present:

BOARD RESOLUTION No. 2011-018 A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE STAND OF CITOM BOARD CONCERNING THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF TWO (2) FLYOVER PROJECTS
WHEREAS, CITOM reiterates its stand that it is not against flyovers as a whole, but only against flyovers without rationalization; WHEREAS, as admitted by DPWH 7 officials during the public information forum last August 26, 2011 the traffic study concerning the proposed M.J. Cuenco Gen. Maxilom flyover and Archbishop Reyes Gorordo Ave. flyover does not take into consideration the traffic impact on adjacent intersections and thus fails to fulfill even its primary purpose to ease alleged traffic congestion in those areas; WHEREAS, for the proposed M.J. Cuenco Gen. Maxilom flyover, all the vehicles coming from the north will queue at the traffic light at the New Imus Road intersection which is only approximately 50 meters away from the foot of the flyover. Coming from the south, turning conflict at the Hipodromo access, again only approximately 50 meters away, and at Mactan road leading to Cebu Business Park will result in queuing of vehicles from the flyover, considering especially the narrow width of that portion of M.J. Cuenco. It would not be good transportation policy to limit these movements due to the creation of the flyover since transportation must complement land use and vice versa. Underneath the flyover, movements on the Gen. Maxilom intersection still have to be controlled by traffic signals due to conflicts in vehicle movement; WHEREAS, for the proposed Archbishop Reyes Gorordo Ave. flyover, all vehicles coming from Gen. Maxilom intersection will still queue at the traffic signal controlled intersection of Escario Gorordo which is approximately 200 meters away from the foot of the flyover. For vehicles coming from the other direction, vehicles will still queue on the traffic signal controlled intersection of Gen. Maxilom, again approximately 250 meters away from the foot of the flyover. It is also important to note that pedestrian crossing to Colegio dela Inmaculada Concepcion will be very hazardous considering the uncontrolled movement of vehicles using the flyover. Underneath the flyover, movements on Gorordo Ave. still have to be controlled by traffic signals due to conflicts in vehicle movement; WHEREAS, as admitted by DPWH 7 officials during the public information forum last August 26, 2011, it is noteworthy to mention that both flyovers only address the second largest volume of vehicles at that intersection. In sum, without road widening and the DPWH traffic study, both flyovers merely elevate traffic several meters up to avoid only one signalized intersection. It does not consider that neighbouring junctions which are also signalized or subject to conflicts in movement. If road widening is pursued instead, to remove certain turning movements from sharing in the lanes, the traffic volume will be dispersed into designated lanes

which will reduce waiting time at the intersection. The flyovers would be an unwanted appendage since road widening would in fact solve the issue of conflicts and travel time; WHEREAS, hence, the proposed flyovers will not only be extremely inefficient compared to its cost but will also be the wrong solution to the wrong problem; WHEREAS, development projects for Cebu City should be for the benefit of its constituents, not for its detriment. As the office in charge of traffic and transportation policy, we have a duty to object when public money is utilized for transportation infrastructure projects that are not beneficial to Cebu City in the short term or long term. Even palliative measures must contribute to easing a problem, not complicating it. The argument of DPWH that the money has already been secured and must be spent is a disservice to taxpayers who have a right to expect that their money will be spent correctly for projects that are beneficial and will promote, not hamper, development. The MCLUTS study which is still accurate and relevant ten years after its forecasted effectivity, never endorsed flyovers as a solution whether long term or palliative; WHEREAS, issues on traffic & transportation are proper engineering & land use planning. It is above political issues. We are therefore imploring political leadership to consider our opposition in the hopes that our goal to make Cebu City a liveable City for all will be realized; WHEREFORE, premises considered, the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management Executive Committee (CITOM Board), on motion of MEMBER ARQUIZA, seconded by MEMBER DUGADUGA and adopted en masse; RESOLVED, AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, TO EXPRESS THE STAND OF CITOM BOARD WHICH INTERPOSES OBJECTIONS ON THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF TWO (2) FLYOVER PROJECTS LOCATED AT M.J. CUENCO GEN. MAXILOM & ARCHBISHOP REYES GORORDO AVENUE, CEBU CITY; RESOLVED FURTHER, to authorize the Secretariat to furnish copies of this resolution to the Honorable Mayor of the City of Cebu, Michael L. Rama, DPWH Regional Dir. Pedro Herrera, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, and His Excellency Presidient Benigno Aquino III, Office of the President, and to all media outlets of the City of Cebu, for their information and guidance. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, without abstentions or objections. I hereby certify to the correctness of the above-mentioned resolution.

ATTY. RAFAEL CHRISTOPHER L. YAP


Acting Department Head Attested by:

HON. SYLVAN "JACK" JAKOSALEM


Chairman/Presiding Officer