Exec: Traffic office doesn’t have budget

THE CITY Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) will be waiting for the City Treasurer’s Office’s personnel and documents before it can implement the traffic code approved three years ago.

This came about after Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte signed its implementing rules and regulations last week which was released to the media yesterday.

Among the needed documents are the temporary operating permits (TOPs), said Rhodelio Poliquit, CTTMO chief.

Poliquit said the transition towards the reorganization of the new department has to be gradual because it does not have a budget even as he added the 120-page document need not be published in a newspaper of general circulation.

He added that the department has started implementation of the ordinance as early as the time the city government started to refer to the department in its new name, instead of the old Traffic Management Center.

Among the changes introduced by the Traffic Code were the composition of the CTTMO, as well as the functions and responsibilities of each division.

The IRR also shows a major revamp in some of the major income-generating city enterprises, as the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal will be turned over to the CTTMO once the ordinance becomes fully in effect.

The IRR also introduces a revised schedule of parking rates.

Other introductions to the Traffic Code were the creation of divisions handling emerging transport sectors like tricycles and water vessels, even guidelines for non-traditional transport like animal-drawn vehicles.

The CTTMO, according to the IRR, has six divisions, namely: The Traffic Engineering and Infrastructure Division, Traffic Enforcement and Street Management Division, transport Planning and Management Division, Facilities Management and Operation Division, Administrative and Support Division, and Motorized Vehicle Franchising and Regulatory Division.

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