TACLOBAN CITY- The local government of Tacloban through the Traffic Operations, Management, Enforcement, and Control Office (TOMECO) started on Thursday, September 12, the two-week-long dry-run activity for odd-even traffic scheme to curb traffic congestion in the city.
Officer-in-Charge of TOMECO, Engr. Dionisio De Paz, said that upon their observation earlier, they have noticed that the conduct of the odd-even scheme on Old Road Sagkahan and Real Street was effective for roads were less congested.
“Kanina han aga so far, nakita naton nga an along Magallanes ngan Real tikang ha Astrodome kay talaga humiluag na. Okay na ngan durudiretso an biyahe ngan mayda kita nakita nga kabag-ohan,” he stressed.
In a flyer given by TOMECO, it was stated that public utility vehicles (PUVs) whose plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9) are advised to ply in Old Road Sagkahan on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meanwhile, during Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays they are allowed to pass in Real Street.
PUVs with even plate numbers (ending with 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8), on the other hand, are permitted to travel in Old Road Sagkahan during Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, while on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays they are only allowed to ply in Real Street.
The city’s odd-even scheme will span for two weeks and will undergo proper monitoring and observation.
“Kinahanglan man kita mag-observe anay bag-o ine ig-fully implement kay may mga proseso pa ine nga ginsusunod. Ine nga mga panahon, kutob ha mga masunod nga semana in talaga dry-run la anay ine,” said De Paz when asked if the said traffic scheme is already for implementation.
As the dry-run continues, the official is looking forward to having a dialogue with the PUV drivers and operators on Saturday, September 21 to review and assess the effectiveness of the said scheme.