TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT OF BUTUAN CITY
A Policy Analysis
VICTOR PLAZA JOSEPH IAN B. SABADO PA 505A – Public Policy Issues and Analysis
DR. VICTOR EMMANUEL OZARRAGA Graduate Studies Program Father Saturnino Urios University Butuan City
August 24, 2013
Executive Summary In most developing cities, magnitude volume of the traffic requires suitable legislative enactment where different modes of transportation traverses within the City. In the case of Butuan, different local public transport in the form of jeepneys, multicabs and taxis, tricycles as well as “motorized trisikad” exists. This paper looks into the Traffic and Transportation Code as a policy instrument of the local government unit in the conduct of traffic management. It assumes that good transportation system propels the development of the city, thus the need of the development of local public transport policy. While Philippine tricycle is classified as a motor vehicle composed of motorcycle fitted with a single wheel sidecar or with a two-wheel cab, operated as a public transport for a fee, Butuan City has a wide variation of unique motorcycle innovations. And while the presence of these various modes of transportation provides a wide array of choices for commuters, the study would shows that with lack of a comprehensive implementation of traffic and transportation policies, local transportation would be comparable to utter disorder.
Table of Contents I. II. III. Title Page Executive Summary Research Structure A. Policy Description a. Statement of the policy b. Brief history of the policy c. Problem description B. Policy Environment a. Social and physical forces affecting the policy b. Economic forces affecting the policy c. Political forces affecting the policy C. Recommendation/ Policy Alternatives III. V. References Appendices
Introduction The City of Butuan is the regional center of the Caraga Region and one of the highly urbanized cities in the Philippines, the only one in the region. The latest study by the National Competitive Council of the Philippines (NCCP) ranked Butuan as the 4th most competitive city of the Philippines.
*Based on the 2013 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index of the National Competitiveness Council Philippines and USAID.
One of the indicators mentioned by the ranking system was the presence of able infrastructure facilitating market growth, including efficient traffic system and transportation management. The importance of enabling infrastructure and transportation system in development cannot anymore be overemphasized. In the Economist Intelligence Study of Microfinance in 2010, the Philippines ranked 1st in regulatory framework, 2nd in overall business environment, and 4th in institutional development. While with the three component of the study means a good performance, the country ranked only 18th in investment climate component, which includes among others the adequacy of infrastructure and efficient transportation system.
A. Policy Description The earliest local transportation-related policy in Butuan City was the enactment of the Traffic Ordinance in 1996. This was only successively revised in 2000, with minor amendments in 2001 and 2006. Transportation and traffic rules were consolidated in 2010 consonant with the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. Generally, the Code recommended a short-term plan on the formulation of traffic management schemes and public transportation routing and circulation aimed at alleviating traffic congestion. The ordinance has been amended from time to time to take into account the changing conditions of city development. The table below shows the different local ordinances enacted by the LGU. Summary of Local Transportation and Traffic Related Policies of Butuan City YEAR 2000 2001 2006 2010 LOCAL POLICY NO Ordinance No. 2282 Ordinance No. 2316 Ordinance No. 2928 Ordinance No. 3616 TITLE Traffic Ordinance of...
References: APPENDIX A Map of Butuan City and its Neighboring Municipalities
Source: NSO Caraga, 2005
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