By Chito Chavez
With two to three hours of rotating brownouts in effect in Metro Manila and neighboring areas, a Quezon City councilor asked concerned authorities to dispatch traffic enforcers in key areas to minimize traffic congestion further worsened by the power interruption and extreme heat.
Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr. said he will meet with officials of the city’s Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) and the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) as heavy traffic was at its worse when traffic lights do not work because of the power outage.
He received complaints from motorists that what used to be a leisurely 10-minute drive from city hall area to Cubao turned to almost one hour of nightmare as drivers tried to outmaneuver each other at unmanned intersections.
Ferrer said traffic personnel should be deployed especially in critical areas on extended periods to direct traffic until such time that things start to normalize.
“Things get worse when some intersections remained unmanned by traffic personnel when we are all should be aware of the possible circumstances that may occur during peak hours and when traffic lights are not working due to power interruptions,’’ Ferrer said.
To ease public inconvenience, Ferrer reminded motorists to remain disciplined even in distress times assuring them that “there is no need to lose once cool since the situation is only temporary’’.
“Let us act accordingly. Things will only turn bad if we try to outmaneuver other motorists recklessly. Always follow traffic rules and always practice defensive driving to avoid further inconveniences,’’ Ferrer noted.
To avoid being late for appointments, Ferrer advised the public to plan trips ahead of time and to give at least two hours of lead time for important schedules or meetings.
He said that flexibility eases any form of unfavorable situation adding that things can be accomplished and one can be productive by simply preparing a few hours before once scheduled appointments.
“We just need to adjust, adjust and adjust. That is the only way to prepare for any circumstances. Traffic congestion has always been in existence. So there is no excuse to cancel or be late for important appointments. Just leave and prepare early and all will be alright,’’ Ferrer concluded.