New work sked sought for gov’t workers to ease traffic PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:12

District 1 Councilor Luis “Noning” Biel III is proposing for the adjustment of city government employees’ working schedules to help ease the city’s traffic problem.

Biel, who chairs the City Council’s franchise committee, believes that vehicles utilized to fetch city government employees to and from their respective offices daily, is one of the major contributors of traffic jam on busy streets and intersections, especially, during peak hours.

“I am planning to propose for adjustments of these employees’ working schedules in order to decongest traffic in major thoroughfares,” Biel said in an recent interview with BRIGADA News FM.

Biel expressed confidence that,scheming to adjust the city employees’ work schedule by either an hour backward or forward, would surely minimize the volume of vehicles on the roads during working and school days.

“If city employees choose to report to their offices as early as 7 in the morning, they can go home at 3 or 4 p.m., while those who would report at 9 am, can retire at 6 p.m.,” Biel explained.

Biel, however, said such schedule does not intend to prevent employees from working within the usual 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. slot, the right, to observe their normal schedule, should they prefer so.

“After all, what we are after here is to help diminish the volume of transportation, be it motorcycles or four-wheel vehicles during busy hours of the day”, said Biel, after learning from the Land Transportation Office, that vehicles plying the route of Zamboanga City nowadays have reached to as many as 70,000.

The 1st district councilor said if such a proposal will be given weight by Mayor Beng Climaco’s administration, it will have to undergo massive consultations among Zamboangueños, to ensure its acceptability to all sectors, especially, from among city government employees, who are the very target of said scheme.

Meanwhile, District 2 Councilor Eduardo Saavedra expressed hope,that Mayor Climaco’s administration would start considering materializing the opening of new proposed roads, which have been on the table since the time of former mayor and now District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat.

Saavedra, who chairs the City Council’s infrastructure committee, has named these proposed roads to be; Mayor Vitaliano Agan to Governor Ramos in Sta Maria, Mayor Agan to Veterans Avenue onward to Tetuan, Tugbungan to sitio Lumiyap in Divisoria, and Sta Catalina to Tetuan.

At the same time, Saavedra thanked Climaco and her predecessor, Rep. Lobregat for opening the Culianan to Patalon circumferential road, which he deems, “would really spur economic progress in areas where this road passes through”.