TAGUM CITY—In response to the burgeoning dilemma on traffic especially at the downtown area near the city’s academic institutions and trading centers, the City Government of Tagum has started the first phase of its traffic signalization project which is expected to be operational within three months.
Mayor Allan L. Rellon, who pushed for this priority project under his infrastructure agenda under the LGU’s EAGLE WINGS Program, said this is a welcome development to address the traffic woes of the city especially that developments are unstoppable.
Seven priority junctions will be installed by the local government with traffic lights and these are as follows: Mabini St. Corner Sobrecary St.; Roxas St. corner Sobrecarey St., Sobrecarey St. corner Pioneer Avenue; Pioneer Avenue cor. Osmeña Extension-Seminary Drive; Pioneer Avenue corner Quezon St.; and Pioneer Avenue corner Rizal St.
The first phase of the city’s traffic signalization project is billed at 60 million pesos and is financed through a loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines. It should have included the national highway but due to the on-going construction of the Tagum City Flyover which already included a provision of a traffic light system, the project moved to the busy inner junctions of the downtown area.
Meanwhile, new working spaces for various offices of the local government has also been blessed by the LGU last week. This includes the City Police Station Administrative Office and Lock-up Center, the newly-minted City Housing and Land Management Office, and the Speakers Bureau Organizing Office which are all located at the City Hall Compound at JV Ayala Avenue.
The Tagum City Police Station Administrative Office is now temporarily located at the back of the Arena stage of the New City Hall ground. The new area allows for bigger working space for our policemen which in turn can accommodate more clients. Meanwhile, the Lock-up Center is located at the annex building of the New City Hall.
PSUPT. Julius A. Borja, Officer In-Charge of Tagum City Police Station cited the benefits of the temporary relocation of the offices.
“Malipayon kami kay gihatagan mi ug luna sa bag-ng ground sa city hall kay gubaon naman ang atuang old building sa atuang pulis so malipayon mi na gipahimutang mi diri so as to maduol kami sa city hall ug unsay mga concerns directly gikan sa atong mga local officials kay mahatagan dayon namo ug pagtagad… Though nabulag ang mga opisina apan mas mapadali pa ang amuang paghatag sa serbisyo diha sa atuang community.” (We are grateful for the temporary relocation of our offices here in the new city hall. As we all know, the old building [which is located at the back of the old city hall] will be demolished so we’re really happy that we get to stay here. We can take actions immediately whenever the local officials have immediate concerns. Though the offices are in different locations we can still serve the members of the community faster.”)
These offices are temporarily housed in their present location pending the eventual turn-over of the new PNP Tagum Police Station and Training Facility located at Tipaz, Magugpo East adjacent to the City Hall. The construction of these facilities will be finished in the first quarter of 2019.
The Speakers Bureau Organizing Office, which deals with community services, is now located at the 2nd floor of the annex building of the City Hall. Meanwhile, the City Housing and Land Management Office is now located at the offices at the New City Hall Arena, just beside the Tagum City Police Station Admin office. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
Mayor Allan L. Rellon leads in the ground-breaking of the first phase of the Traffic Signalization Project of the City Government of Tagum, prioritizing seven busy junctions within the downtown area. Said project will be finished June 2019 in time for the opening of the new school year. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum
The blessing of the relocated offices of PNP Tagum, Local Housing Board, and Speakers Bureau Oranizing Office was led by Mayor Allan L. Rellon together with the city officials and the OIC Chief of Police PSUPT. Julius A. Borja. The ceremony was witnessed by men and women in uniform, city employees, and department heads. The new offices are now fully functional and are expected to make public transactions more efficiently. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum