BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Rodolfo “Bebot” Song used to man his post at the junction of Araneta and Luzuriaga Streets near the old City Hall.
Song was known for carrying a megaphone when on duty, perhaps the only enforcer doing a mobile education. campaign in the middle of the road.
That was a long time ago when Bebot Song was an enforcer for at least 17 years of his adult life.
He knew then as he knows now that discipline is what this city of 600,000 need to improve on its traffic management.
“Traffic management is key to progress and discipline is key to traffic management,” Song, now overall administrative officer of the Traffic Authority Office here said.
He admitted to have come out of replacement to help the new administration in solving the traffic problem of congestion that seems to be getting worse in recent years.
Song knows through experience that discipline on the streets is what the city lacks and this lack of discipline is among the “general public,” to be specific drivers, commuters and pedestrians.
For drivers, Song said it is not only public jeepney drivers who lack awareness and education about road and traffic rules.
He recalled having told a lawyer driving a car that right lanes must be cleared at all times to allow those wanting to turn right to turn anytime.
“The lawyer told me he wanted to go straight and that is the direction he wanted to go,” Song said, laughing at the incident.
Commuters, meanwhile, seem to want the utmost convenience without considering traffic laws.
“If a jeepney can stop inside their living room, they would do that,” Song said while commuters, on the other hand, are not mindful of where to cross properly and behave on the streets.