GENERAL SANTOS CITY (26 May 2016) – Mayor Ronnel Rivera has bared that in his second term, he will brave out the implementation of the transportation code of Gensan.
During his visit to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) on May 20, he said solving the different transport problems in the city is one of his top agenda in his second term.
“Maraming problema ang transport sector dito sa Gensan, hindi lang tricycles. Of course, nandyan din yung ibang regulation ng ibang transport mediums,” Rivera said.
“Kahit yung infrastructures natin, may problema. We got 76% unpaved roads even though Gensan is a developed city already. So all these require comprehensive solutions that is why the SP through attorney Cloma is now crafting the transportation code of the city.”
“And kung nandyan na ang transportation code, kailangan talaga ng konting tapang dito. Alam kasi natin na marami ang aangal lalo na yung mga pumapasada galing Sarangani at Polomolok. Pero we will have to implement it so that we can further develop Gensan,” Rivera said.
The transportation code being formulated by the SP is derived from the output of the comprehensive transport study conducted by the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) funded by the World Bank.
It will serve as the “bible” for the city government to follow when it comes to addressing different transport concerns the city has.
As of now, the collective clamor that Rivera is preparing to solve is the proliferation of registered tricycles without franchises (colorum), the existence of illegal fabricators of tricycle side cars, and the unregulated fares of public utility vehicles.
When the transportation code of Gensan will finally come into life, Mayor Rivera said the residents should expect drastic changes in the transport sector.
Mayor Rivera also revealed that the legislators of the new city council are now discussing to give the position to someone who has the same guts as lawyer Arturo Cloma. Cloma, the current head of the Committee on Transportation, will be exiting as a city councilor as he lost in the May 9 election.
However, Rivera assured that Cloma would work hand-in-hand with him to furnish the necessary inputs for the transportation code before the new SP council comes in.
“We want a smooth transition. That is why kahit natalo si Cloma, which is a sad news for us, we still have to be professional. We need to do this to serve the residents of this city,” Mayor Rivera said. (Gensan CPIO/ Ian John Lagare)