• CALLE REAL PEDESTRIANIZATION PROGRAM HITS SNAG

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    ILOILO CITY: The proposed pedestrianization ordinance of city councilor Jason Gonzales hits a snag after the proposal was referred to the SP Committee on Transportation for further study and recommendation. SP committee head city councilor Plaridel, during a session on March 25, opposed the proposal saying it is detrimental to businessmen along Calle Real. Nava said he is not anymore inclined to approve the proposal after several complaints reached his office, including a position paper of the Iloilo City Loop Alliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (ICLAJODA) and the statement of city Rep. Jerry Treñas showing dissatisfaction over the experimental pedestrianization program. However, Gonzales said he has a statement of recommendation from ICLAJODA president Boyet Parcon supporting the program program along JM Basa street every Sunday afternoon until early evening. Gonzales said the three months experiment on the closure of Calle Real ended by the end of February and he proposed an ordinance to make the pedestrianization program permanent through a city legislative measure by April 27 after the Holy Week.

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