I was on my way to the Netopia Internet Cafe at the Gaisano Mall of GenSan when I chanced upon this mini billboard at the junction of the National Highway and Santiago Boulevard.

The signboard announces the start of the installation of the “Traffic Signal System with Intersection Configuration” at two of the city’s choke points: the National Highway-Santiago Boulevard Junction and the National Highway-Jose Catolico Avenue Junction.

The project supposedly started on August 9, 2008 and will end on January 15, 2009, just in time before the Robinsons Mall along J. Catolico nears its completion and before the SM GenSan at the Santiago Blvd. commences their construction.

The billboard further names the contractor as Gosset Builders, Inc. and prices the whole project at P18,435,998.31.

Yessirree!!!!  Those two junctions are where the most number of traffic accidents occur in the Tuna Capital.  Especially during rush hours, they both turn into bottlenecks… especially with the absence of traffic boys at those crucial times.

I just hope that the riding public learn to embrace these two major developments the same way they accepted the first traffic system along the Pioneer Avenue.

Now, if you were to decide, where would you suggest the next traffic lights should be installed?  Write your choices below.

  • National Highway – Pendatun Avenue Junction
  • National Highway – Roxas Avenue Junction
  • National Highway – Bulaong Road Junction
  • National Highway – Mindanao Polytechnic Junction
  • (Name your own choice of streets.)

We will try to collate the data we gather here and maybe, just maybe, show it to Mayor Jun Acharon himself.  What do you think, dear readers?