Ilocos Norte heeds Duterte's call: "Reclaim public roads to solve traffic"


Aug. 08, 2019 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) continues to support the development initiatives of President Rodrigo R. Duterte (PRRD), particularly the streamlining of transport sector through effective clearing of public highways and roads.

During his fourth State of the Nation Address last July 22, PRRD addressed the issue of traffic congestion:

"Reclaim all public roads that are being used for private entities," he declared.

He further instructed the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to suspend mayors or governors who refuse to comply.

Last July 30, the PGIN spearheaded a meeting with local chief executives and concerned agencies to discuss measures for safer and more efficient transportation.

"We had an initial discussion with the local executives of Laoag City, Batac City, San Nicolas, Paoay, and Bacarra; together with city and municipal Philippine National Police (PNP) chiefs; the Land Transportation Office (LTO) heads; the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) district engineers; and the Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG)," Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc said.

"We know that if we clear our highways, particularly in Laoag and San Nicolas, it will alleviate much of the traffic.

We need to enforce [these road safety measures]. We just want to protect our motorists as much as possible," he added.

Moreover, Gov. Manotoc ordered the Provincial Board Members to review the "Traffic Code of 1991" as part of the province's bid to "modernize" its transport sector.

PGIN also requested the LTO-Regional Office I to deputize the Laoag City-Philippine National Police (PNP) for the apprehension of violators.

"I think the deputization and coordination will be key dito sa road clearing and hopefully sa traffic," Gov. Manotoc remarked.

Only last August 6, the DPWH has started to clear road obstructions along the national highway located at Brgy. Nangalisan, Laoag City.