• Barangay chieftain chills out of the hustings

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    A barangay chairman seeking another term on Monday’s polls, took timeout from the heat of the hustings to tackle the heavy influx of commuters at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City.

    With the long weekend owing to the barangay elections and All Saints Day, traffic has started to turn nightmarish on the main roads and sidestreets of Cubao.

    Kap Joey de Guzman, chairman of Barangay Socorro which covers the Araneta Center told The Manila Times that he chose to handle first the expected heavy traffic and influx of passengers bound for different provinces.

    “We fielded our barangay traffic enforcers as force multipliers for the city traffic teams stationed in key intersections of P. Tuazon and Boni Serrano to ease traffic congestion as passengers started to crowd the bus terminal since Thursday,” de Guzman said.

    He said that the presence of the barangay traffic volunteers will enable the local police to concentrate in the other major areas of concerns without sacrificing law, order and public safety in other nearby areas.

    “At this time we need to prioritize public safety. As good leaders we have to temporarily forego our campaign for the barangay elections,” de Guzman said.

    De Guzman and his men had regularly inspected the Araneta Center Bus Terminal to assess the traffic and security situation in the area.

    With the exodus of vacationers expected in the coming days, de Guzman said that his traffic enforcers will remain in their respective posts as traffic snarl is expected to worsen in the coming days.

    Based on past experiences de Guzman said that passengers going to the provinces start to crowd the bus terminals particularly those located along EDSA and the Araneta Commercial Center in Cubao a day or two before All Saints and All Souls Days.

    With these expected influx of passengers, de Guzman asked the bus operators to require their drivers to follow the nose-in-nose-out policy of driving when leaning or entering their garage to minimize incidents of buses blocking the roads.

    He also warned that he will seek legal action against traffic enforcers found to be abandoning their posts saying that they should remain in their assigned areas even during the scorching heat of the sun or heavy rains.

    De Guzman also asked all political aspirants to dispose their discarded campaign material properly to maintain the cleanliness of the city’s surroundings and to prevent them their posters from clogging the inlets and drainage systems.

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