Mayor Belmonte names ex-councilor as traffic czar

July 30, 2019

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has appointed transport reform advocate and former city councilor Ariel Inton as the city’s new traffic czar.

Inton, also a former boardmember of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, was named action officer of the Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management which Mayor Belmonte created on 29 July 2019 by issuing Executive Order 9-2019.

The QC Traffic Task Force will take over traffic management duties from the city’s Department of Public Order and Safety, which in turn will focus on the clearing of obstructions and illegal infrastructure and the management and promotion of “green” transport such as electric jeeps and tricycles.

“The Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management shall implement the Traffic Management Code and the Road Safety Code of Quezon City, with specific focus on: the regulation of tricycles and pedicabs; the orderliness and safety of all forms of public utility vehicle terminals including identified loading and unloading points and the management of vehicular traffic,” the executive order read.

The task force will remain in place until a new body, the Quezon City Department of Traffic and Transport Management, gets created and become fully operational.

The creation of the the QC Traffic Department is in the 14-point executive agenda of Mayor Belmonte.

The development comes at the heels of President Duterte’s directive to Metro Manila mayors to clear the capital region’s Mabuhay Lanes of all types of obstructions and to reclaim all public roads that were being used for private purposes.

The President issued the directive during his fourth State of the Nation Address in an apparent bid to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

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