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From the other side of the lane: Bacolod’s oldest traffic enforcer stays in service

That Antonio Cordero is past his prime is obvious.

Lean with swarthy skin, Antonio Cordero is 77.

Still at work.

Daily, for most of the week, he reports regularly to his post, in the middle of the intersection of Lacson and Rosario streets.

As the Benitez administration takes over, Antonio was seen once again in his usual post.

Up close with Mr. Antonio Cordero. | Photo by Mira Nicole Magbanua.
Up close with Mr. Antonio Cordero. | Photo by Mira Nicole Magbanua.

In his usual uniform but this time with a white top, City Hall’s new color.

Cordero a resident of Mandalagan village said he started working as a traffic enforcer for close to three-decade now.

(WATCH THE VIDEO: Bacolod’s Oldest Traffic Enforcer)

“Palangga ko ang ubra ko (I love my job), ” when asked how passionate he is in doing his job.

He also said that their job is “no joke.”

Antonio Cordero on a busy day as a traffic enforcer at the intersection of Lacson and Rosario Streets. | Photo by Mira Nicole Magbanua.
Antonio Cordero on a busy day as a traffic enforcer at the intersection of Lacson and Rosario Streets. | Photo by Mira Nicole Magbanua.

Ga sulay ko sa ulan kag init sa tunga sang dalanon kay amo ni ang obligasyon ko (I brave the rain, the sun because that is my obligation).”

He had been through different and had faced several adjustments as a job order employee, he said and added he will continue to serve the City through one thing he knew he is good at: managing traffic.

He added the appreciation he gets from motorists gives him a different kind of joy, a fulfilling one.

One of the things he knew that made people admire him is his snappy movements in managing the flow of cars.

Their job may look simple for others, but Cordero said this is his life and he will never leave it as long as he is in good health.

Mira Nicole Magbanua
Mira Nicole Magbanua
Nicole Magbanua is a voice artist, a fledgling journalist, and a driven young leader, out to maximize her full potential through a mic, a script, and her vocal chords.
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