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Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:14

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Not to be late for the singing of the national anthem “Lupang Hinirang”, my grandson and I left our house before six in the morning in time to reach Ateneo De Zamboanga, (ADEZ) High School Campus in Barangay Tumaga, some 5 kilometers, more or less from our residence in Suterville, San Jose Gusu. True, we were able to make it a few minutes before the national anthem starts, since we rode my car, which is unusual, because we always take the tricycle to save on gas. I took the shortcut route, passing by barangay San Roque to barangay Pasonanca then to barangay Tumaga then to AdeZ campus. You cannot do this if you are on a tricycle. The road to AdeZ campus in Tumaga is now declared a one-way street, so there was  little traffic on the road but in going home, this is where you encounter heavy traffic and bumper to bumper against cars, tricycles, bicycles, trucks and other vehicles.

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The road in going back home from AdeZ has a different route now.  Your exit is going to Barangay Lunzuran, which is upwards from Tumaga and down again to the national highway, It is also a one-way street to Lunzuran bypassing Tumaga where you entered in going to AdeZ.  Going back home from AdeZ, is a turn around and it will take you several minutes or an hour to reach the main highway leading back to Barangay Tetuan or take a right turn from Lunzuran to Barangay Putik-Tumaga-Pasonanca road. This is the most logical route than the highway to Barangay Guiwan-Tetuan-Sta. Cruz-Gov.Camins to junction Canelar and Sta.Maria then to airport road to Baliwasan and San Jose Gusu, the traffic is monstrous and you can only go on a snail’s pace.

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I took the most logical route of engaging a right turn to Tumaga and maneuver to Gov.Ramos road to Pasonanca then San Roque and to San Jose Gusu. However it still took me an hour to reach home in Suterville. There was heavy traffic in Tumaga Central School then at the Sta. Maria Central School then at the Don Lorenzo National High School in Gov. Ramos Highway, then at the San Roque barangay flea market and ultimately at the junction of San Roque-Yubengco Mall San Jose Gusu to Westmincom. Traffic started before 6 in the morning but thanks to the presence of many Traffic Police and Traffic Aides who were also seen so early manning traffic in all those areas from AdeZ. It was a relief to see all motorists following the flow of traffic carefully, except for those unlicensed “trisicads” who just pop up in front of you anytime.

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Driving nowadays in our narrow city streets and highways is an experience and judging from what we saw, no amount of traffic scheme can ease and unclog our streets from traffic, unless the number of vehicles in our city streets would be limited and tow away those vehicles parked in our narrow streets. Without this abrupt change, no amount of complaints to our traffic authorities can improve the traffic situation. Not even the City Mayor or the Chief of the Traffic Division can remedy the traffic situation in the city. Those who will complain of our traffic situation will be “barking at the wrong tree”, especially now that the government has no funds to construct diversion roads right in the city’s barangays.

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Scoop: Traffic will be here with us to stay perhaps longer than the pestering blackouts, but the blame should not be pointed at our authorities or city officials but rather on vehicle owners who own fleets of cars and tricycles running in our city streets at the same time. The blame should be pointed to vehicle owners who are monopolizing the use of our city streets. Former Indonesian President General Suharto, who once had a pestering problem of tricycles in Jakarta, ordered one day the military, to confiscate all tricycles in Jakarta and loaded them in their military trucks and have them thrown into the sea. Indonesia was then under military rule and his traffic problem was instantly solved.