Editorial: Traffic management

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It’s upsetting to learn that there have been six City Traffic Management System (CTMS) personnel in Lapu-Lapu City who tested positive for using illegal drugs. The CTMS personnel were among the 50 City Hall employees subjected to random tests on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, and with the result these six traffic enforcers risk losing their jobs.

The City Government under Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan must be lauded for its efforts to clean up its ranks, from top to bottom, and secure a drug-free workplace.

It is terrible to think that there are government workers serving the public who are hooked on banned substances, which can alter a person’s behavior and mindframe, depending on how long the person has been using illegal drugs. A junkie employee’s performance would not yield positive results. That’s for sure.

As for the six CTMS personnel, it was reported that they were traffic enforcers working in the field. But it wasn’t clear how long they had been working or how they had been managing the city’s traffic flow.

How was their performance? Did they carry out their duties well? Did they cause any trouble in the streets? Did they use illegal substances before going to their field work? A traffic enforcer who is not physically and mentally well poses a danger to motorists and pedestrians.

Another matter that must be a concern is that these CTMS personnel were working on a job order basis.

Managing traffic requires expertise.

CTMS and other traffic bodies in Cebu must rethink their procedure in their employment and deployment of traffic enforcers. Did the job order traffic enforcers receive proper training? If they did, the other question is: How long was the training? Was it enough for them to become well-versed in traffic laws and local traffic ordinances?

It is high time to professionalize the corps of local traffic enforcers.

Perhaps, the highly urbanized cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, and the component city of Talisay can pool their resources so they can put up an academy that will educate and train prospective traffic enforcers about traffic laws, and teach them to be upright and not afraid in apprehending erring motorists regardless of their status.