Mati implements P20-M road signs

THE government of the city of Mati in Davao Oriental will implement its 20 million peso road sign system.

In a press release from the Mati Town Information Office, the municipal government began its trial on September 17 at the four intersections where the traffic lights are installed.

The dry run started at 2pm at the Martinez junction, followed by the Daticor junction in Matiao, then at the Saint-Camille junction and the Rizal junction.

The test was conducted by the Mati City Traffic Management Office (MCTMO), the City Public Safety Office, and the Traffic Supplies and Construction Corporation, which was the same company that managed the traffic sign system in Tagum City.

The morning before the dry track, MCTMO staff received a briefing and orientation on the new road sign system at the Pelaez Activity Center.

The mayor of the city of Mati, Michelle Nakpil Rabat, was represented by Allan Andrada during the orientation, which was facilitated by project engineer John Bernard Infante.

A few days before the actual orientation, leaflets were distributed to drivers with basic information about the traffic lights.

The local government said the traffic lights are turned on individually by project engineer Bernard Infante and Jeysie Agdan.

City councilor Eric Rabat, responsible for the city’s road sign system, said it was a milestone for the city and hopes for more similar projects in the future.

During the test, it was observed that local drivers and pedestrians were adapting to city traffic lights.

Infante said they would make adjustments to the traffic light system as they observed during the dry run that the starting signal for pedestrians is a bit longer, especially on Rizal Street during rush hour. This in order to facilitate the circulation of vehicles and pedestrians.

The 20 million peso urban traffic signaling project started on April 8, 2021 and is part of the infrastructure program under the administration of Rabat.

The local government urged Matiniens to obey all traffic laws because it is “for our good, our safety and also for the flow of traffic in our city”, according to the press release.

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