Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella has spearheaded a consultation with
different transport groups and the Traffic Discipline Officers (TDO) and
discussed the prevailing issues on traffic management and decorum in the city.
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Alongside Executive Assistant and Bacolod City Traffic Authority (BTAO) head
Butch Ebreo and Traffic Management Unit (TMU) head Inspector Roger Ong,
Puentevella personally invited the groups after rumors of impending strikes and
rallies over the past week. Around 98% of the members were present, and most
aired out their grievances, particularly on instances when Land Transportation
Office (LTO) Regional Office personnel intruding with the protocols and
activities of the Bacolod TMU.
Puentevella, a former Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation said
that he will personally send a letter addressed to the National LTO, requesting
that the regional office not to intervene with the city’s activities.
"The city (LTO) can take care of our traffic activities; there’s no need for
them to interpose," said Puentevella after he heard that some members
are complaining that the regional office is charging them more for
The mayor likewise put a rest on the supposed rallies and strikes by the
transport groups, saying that it came about due to "lack of proper
communication" and that they will continue to meet to completely iron out
"It’s good to know that they are willing to listen and cooperate and rest
assured that I will go down to them for better communication.
There’s always a solution if we take time to sit down and assess the
problem." stressed Puentevella.