Number coding ordinance
to take effect on Nov. 15


ROXAS City – The number coding ordinance will take effect on November 15, according to Councilor Powell del Rosario.

The ordinance will be published in a local newspaper before the said date, del Rosario said.

The City Council approved the proposed “Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program/Number Coding Scheme” during one of its regular sessions last month.

The scheme provides that passenger tricycles should not operate from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday except on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

The non-operation will be on particular days based on the last digit of the tricycles’ designated unit numbers.

Tricycles with unit numbers ending in 1 and 2 cannot operate on Monday; 3 and 4 on Tuesday; 5 and 6 on Wednesday; 7 and 8 on Thursday; and 9 and 0 on Friday, according to the proposed ordinance.

Exempted from the scheme are tricycles carrying persons needing immediate medical attention, or commandeered by a person in authority or a medical practitioner for relief or emergency purposes.

Violators, including operators, will be fined P200 for the first offense, P500 for the second offense, P1,000 for the third offense and revocation of franchise for the fourth offense.

Del Rosario, chair of the Committee on Transportation and Communication and author of the proposed ordinance, said the measure will help tricycle owners and drivers reduce their expenses on fuel and vehicle maintenance.

He said the ordinance will also allow drivers to have more time for their families and other personal needs.

A dry run of the number coding system was conducted on July 12 by virtue of Mayor Angel Alan Celino’s Executive Order No. 1, s. 2010.

The dry run acquired positive responses from the public as most of the roads in this city had less traffic, especially during peak hours.

Tricycle drivers and operators here were also in favor of turning the scheme into an ordinance./PN


DBM 6 to open procurement 
service depot in Capiz

ROXAS City – The Department of Budget and Management 6 (DBM-6) is looking forward to open a procurement service depot in the province before the end of the year.

DBM Regional Director Alfonso Bedonia Jr said the provincial government has already allotted them a space for the establishment of the depot.

The Capiz procurement service depot will be the second for Western Visayas, the first of which was established in Bacolod City.

Bedonia said they also look forward to open another depot in Iloilo but they are still looking for an available space.

The opening of a procurement service depot was in line with the government’s thrust to "centralize government procurement" as mandated in Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

Bedonia said the procurement service depot will sell office supplies and other ordinary items necessary in running an office. (PNA