PIA News Service - Saturday, November 3, 2012

Butuan applies advance technology in its projects

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA) -- As this fast-rising city continues to make its own mark in the history of local governance, it does not only limit itself to presenting infrastructure development, trade and industry growth, and achieving numerous local and national awards, but is also keen on applying modern technology in its projects.

This is seen on the latest improvement of its traffic structure as commuters can now experience advanced traffic technology with the mounting of nine light emitting diode (LED) traffic countdown timers in major streets of the city.

The Land Transportation and Management Office (LTTMO) here recently facilitated the installation of these LED timers down the stretch of J.C. Aquino Ave. passing the corners of J. Rosales Ave., Montilla Blvd., and Ochoa Ave.

These new LED units are far better than the previous conventional versions since these do not bust easily through changing weathers and have a longer life span of four years said Ferdinand Hoqueriza, engineer and LTTMO administrative officer.

Hoqueriza said that these nine LED units are just part of the initial batch and a second group of LED units are set to arrive before the year ends. These will be installed in the other busy streets here.

This recent improvement in the traffic structure is basically undertaken to remind drivers and pedestrians of the waiting time through counting down numbers and to effectively reduce the rate of traffic accidents in high-risk areas.

The whole package costs P405,000; each unit costing P45,000 said Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. in his recent State of the City Address. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/LGU-BC)