BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Traffic is building up in major streets here as the in-person classes gradually return after more than two years of travel restrictions.
The busiest roads here are Burgos Street that connects to the road leading to the private port in the west and extends east to the farming village of Alangilan.
Along its spine are residential subdivisions. It also intersects with two major roads – the Carlos Hilado Highway and Lacson Street.
Lacson Street, on the other hand, cuts across a new commercial district near the Capitol and dissects Mandalagan village where many firms and new buildings and condominiums are rising.
This road leads out to Highway 69 or the national road leading to northern Negros Occidental.
Enforcers on the street, however, told DNX traffic volume is still “under control” as most blame the lack of discipline and “hardheadedness” of public transport drivers who are violating road rules.
Some enforcers told DNX traffic is usually heavy on Mondays and Fridays or the start and end of weekdays.
Hector Dioquino, a street veteran of 17 years, traffic usually builds up at 9am as people go to work or other activities and at 4pm when they start to go home.
He added that Mondays usually bring cars from towns and cities here, the commercial center of the province.
Fridays are also busy, on the other hand, as workers here who are from other places head out to their homes.
Rolando Montero, however, another enforcer, said traffic congestions only happen because of “hardheaded” drivers, usually of public transport, who are not following traffic rules.
Despite these problems, they all agree traffic is still under control, a view shared by jeepney drivers Bruno Carmona and Edgar Chavez
The drivers added traffic is natural and they just need to follow orders to make it smooth.
Cars have started to return to the streets since the curfew here was lifted and travel restrictions were eased since middle of this year.
A Risk Alert Level 1, the lowest since two years ago, is currently in effect here as in-person classes are set to start Monday next week, 22 August 2022.