CDO to ink sisterhood pact with Zambo City for traffic, road safety

By Stephen Capillas

November 9, 2023, 8:45 pm

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The local government here is scheduled to sign a sisterhood agreement with Zamboanga City officials later this month.

In an interview Thursday, Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) chief Nonito Oclarit said the partnership aims to improve road safety and traffic in both cities.

"The signing of the sisterhood agreement between Cagayan de Oro City and Zamboanga City scheduled on the third week of November will facilitate cooperation (and sharing of best practices on road safety and traffic enforcement)," he said.

During the executive budget hearing with the City Council on Tuesday, Oclarit said some PHP1.2 million of their PHP1.6 million budget for this year will be used to acquire speed guns, while some PHP500,000 has been allocated to purchasing Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers.

Oclarit said RTA's budget for the upcoming year is set at PHP123.4 million.

“The GPS trackers will enable us to track down our personnel assigned in key traffic hotspots in the city,” he said.

Oclarit said RTA also needs an additional 75 to 100 personnel to augment the existing 472 personnel.

The local government also entered a sisterhood agreement with the municipal government of Batac, Ilocos Sur, with highlights on volunteerism initiatives. (PNA)