CALBAYOG CITY – Eighty-Six employees of the city and national government offices completed the Traffic Management Seminar conducted by the city government thru the Office of the Human Resource Management Office in August 24, 25 & 26. 2016.

Traffic Education Division of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA – TED) headed by Ms. Anita V. Cannaoay, with six others, namely Ms. Ana Alita Espinosa, Mr. Aurelio Cabanting, Mr. Miguel Panal, Mr. Charlito Plaza, Engr. Guillermo Rafanan and Mr. Oscar Rosete were the resource speakers/trainors during the three-day assembly.
The seminar, aimed at addressing the traffic situation in the city was participated in by 73 administrative and field employees of the Calbayog Public Order and Safety Office (CAPOSO); 3 Philippine National Police Officers, as well as employees from Land Transportation Office (2); DPWH-First District Engineering Office (2); City Legal Office (2); Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (2); and Solid Waste Management Office (2).

The MMDA trainors edified the participants both on theory and practice regarding traffic management and the traffic rules cited under Republic Act 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Code), basic traffic engineering, traffic signs and road markings, violations relative to land transportation, citing traffic violation, what to do during compromising situation (traffic direction and control, traffic accident assistance), road safety audit and traffic incident management.
City Mayor Ronald P. Aquino, in his speech, announced that retired police captain Antonino Sabenicio will be the new head of CAPOSO substituting Mr. Demetrio Dimaranan who will manage the affairs of the City Disaster Risk Management Office (CDRRMO). Both Sabenicio and Dimaranan attended the seminar.

“I am deeply impressed at the performance of the CAPOSO participants during the demonstration of hand signals earlier in this culmination activity – a manifestation of an effective training. It is my fervent hope that the discipline, knowledge and skills instilled by the trainors to this participating group will be honed by actual performance in the delivery of our services.” Mayor Aquino said to the participants.
Aquino further expressed hopes that the present attendance may have even acquired ability to impart knowledge to additional traffic enforcers that the city may hire as the need arises but even as the potentials are seen, further trainings to upgrade and improve skills and knowledge in traffic management will always be considered by the city administration.

“The training may have been tough for some of us but that’s how gargantuan traffic management is,” CAPOSO Chief Sabenicio said and further advised the trainees to “treasure the knowledge acquired from the training because everything imparted to us is intended to effectively manage traffic in the city.”
One of the trainors, Ms. Ana Alita Espinosa who observed slight traffic congestion during peak hours in the city’s main thoroughfare lauded the administration of Mayor Aquino for making early actions about traffic before congestion become hard to manage.

“This is my first time in Calbayog and I just realized that this is a beautiful city even when the streets are not so wide as in the metropolis. It is just really a matter of regulating vehicle flow and parking, discipline of pedestrians and installation of markings and signs along the streets.” Espinosa added.

Another MMDA-TED team member, Charlito Plaza commented that “Calbayog is a developing city with progress already unstoppable. I see that there is a need to control the number of pedicabs operating in the streets. Pedicabs are environment friendly but because of their number and the fact that there is a particular pace that should be required of vehicles traversing the roads, especially during traffic peak hours, this type of vehicles should be regulated like providing a specific lane on certain streets of the city. A City Ordinance is needed for this.”

“This is the proper time that the city government of Calbayog considered traffic management because three to four years from now, traffic congestion may become a major problem if not properly addressed as early as now. Mayor Aquino one city executive who does not wait until the storm by addressing the concern at a proper time as early as now." Mr. Miguel Panal of the MMDA training team said.

“Mayor Aquino has already requested the DPWH for the installation of appropriate traffic signs in answer to our note for the lack of it in the major streets of the city” Panal concluded.

-, April 7, 2023

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