February 6, 2023

Mayor Benjamin Magalong spearheaded a multi-agency coordination meeting-cum-pre-disaster risk assessment (PDRA) for upcoming crowd-drawing events in the city including the Chinese New Year parade on Jan. 27 and the Panagbenga Festival in February.
Traffic and security plans were laid down and reviewed for improvement and finalization during the meeting attended by the Panagbenga Executive Committee and the various city government and line agencies.
The mayor emphasized the need for effective traffic and security management through well-researched and executed strategies and maximized deployment of all available personnel and resources to ensure peace and order for the whole duration of the activities.
Security measures addressing crowd control, crime prevention and elimination of security threats will be put in place to ensure the convenience and safety of all those who will take part in the events.
The Baguio City Police Office Traffic Enforcement Unit and the Traffic and Transportation Management Division will come up with plans for timely dissemination to the public to minimize traffic congestions, motorist discomfort and irritability among residents.
A traffic innovation measure crafted by the Management Information and Technology Division of the City Mayor’s Office will be piloted during the Panagbenga.
The online traffic mitigation system, which makes use of QR code or direct visit to the website, will provide motorists information on what alternative routes to take to avoid congested roads to their destinations and what roads to avoid due to closures or inaccessibility.
The system will also dish out information on the locations of public utility vehicle terminals and parking lots.
It will be deployed before the Panagbenga Festival. – Aileen P. Refuerzo