Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Road Abuse and Lack of Public Utility - Salvador Ext., Labangon, Cebu City

An almost 700 meter stretch of road known as Salvador Extension in Labangon, Cebu City is not serviced by any public utility jeepney. Years ago, the 12L jeepneys used to ply this route on its way back to the city, passing through Labangon, Duterte St., in Banawa, then through "eskina" V. Rama, M. Velez St., then towards Escario St., ending in Ayala Center.

From the junction of Katipunan and Salvador Sts., up to Dr. Pablo U. Abella St., this stretch of road is a veritable no man's land for public utility vehicles; because of the void, habal-habal drivers, as well as trisikads have taken over. For years the habal-habal drivers and trisikads have made the waiting shed near the Cebu City National Science High School their terminal.

Every now and again, CITOM (now CCTO) would conduct operations near the Cebu City National Science High School, but after they leave, these habal-habal drivers and trisikad drivers would come out of hiding and ply the almost 700 meter stretch of road once again. Being a resident of Labangon, Cebu City, I have always wondered why LTFRB took this route away from 12L jeepneys on their way to Ayala Center.

As an aside, I cannot but help remark that this beautiful four lane concrete stretch of road, in certain places, have been occupied by eateries being patronized by CITOM (now CCTO) personnel, taxi and jeepney drivers, and recently by car wash shops, rendering two (2) lanes on either side useless for the passage of vehicles. Maybe PROBE could visit the area around 4:00 o'clock to 6:00 o'clock to see what I mean.

Despite having been widened in the 1990s through the MCDP, I have yet to see the outer lanes of Salvador Extension used other than a parking lot, carenderia, or a car wash. 

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