June 20, 2024

The city government has approved the request of stakeholders from La Trinidad, Benguet to bring back the odd-even number coding scheme for jeepneys plying the La Trinidad-Baguio route.
City Engineering Office-Traffic and Transportation Management Division Head Januario Borillo said the technical working group has approved the request of La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda for the city to allow the odd-even number coding scheme for jeepneys plying the Baguio-La Trinidad route.
He however said the La Trinidad driver’s association must comply with the condition that only eight units will be allowed at the jeepney staging site at the former Philippine Rabbit terminal along Magsaysay outside the rush hours to prevent congestion in the area.
He added from 3 p.m. or during the rush hours, the group may allow the entry of more units as long they deploy enough people to manage and ensure the smooth flow of traffic in the area.
Federation of Jeepney Associations La Trinidad president Miguel Lumaang said the approval of the odd-even number coding scheme will allow drivers plying the Baguio-La Trinidad route to increase the number of days each week a driver can go on trips.
He said since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, only 279 out of the 837 units are allowed to ply the city and La Trinidad route daily.
With the odd-even scheme, Luma-ang said each unit could operate for at least thrice a week from the previous twice a week.
He added this will address the long queue of passengers waiting at the jeepney staging area, which usually builds up from 4 p.m. up to 8 p.m. – Jane B. Cadalig