In 1987, the City of Cebu started to experience the severe strain in its transport capacity resulting in the
threatening of the city's continued viability and livability. There ere several govern!ent agencies
responsible for transportation and tra"c !atters in the city but there as an urgent need for i!prove!ent in
the coordination of these agencies in the planning, design and i!ple!entation of policies, progra!s and
pro#ects. Thus, it as necessary to establish a body that could coordinate national and local e$orts ai!ed at
solving tra"c congestion and the ine"cient use of li!ited road space.
City %rdinance &o. 1'() as enacted on %ctober 19, 1987 creating the Cebu City Tra"c *anage!ent
Coordination Co!!ittee +CIT%*,.
The functions of the co!!ittee are the folloing-
1.Coordinate, !onitor and evaluate the planning and i!ple!entation of tra"c !anage!ent
co!ponents underta.en by the various depart!ents of the city govern!ent and other line agencies/
2.0evie and approve all tra"c !anage!ent engineering sche!es prior to the City Councils exercise of
its ad!inistration functions as de1ned in 2ection 1, 3rticle III of City %rdinance &o. 841, series of 197',
otherise .non as the 5Tra"c Code of the City of Cebu5/
6.0eco!!end to the City Council the routing of co!!on carriers operating in Cebu City in so far as it
for!s part of a co!prehensive tra"c !anage!ent sche!e/
).7evelop and prescribe rules and procedures for internal operation and !anage!ent/
8.2ub!it to the City *ayor periodic and special reports relative to tra"c !anage!ent activities/
(.9erfor! such other functions as !ay be necessary to ensure the e$ective planningand
i!ple!entation of tra"c !anage!ent sche!es.
City %rdinance &o. 1'() as a!ended through City %rdinance &o. 1)81 on *ay 17. 1996. The !ost
i!portant goal of the CIT%* :oard is to !a.e Cebu City an orderly urban locality ith a co!prehensive,
!easurable and sustainable Tra"c *anage!ent 9lan coordinated by the united e$orts of all agencies
There are other related ob#ectives of the :oard, such as-
1.9rovide infrastructure support to create a safe and e"cient city road netor./
'.;ducate road users in the co!prehension, observance, and use of tra"c signs, signal devices and
6.;nforce tra"c las in order to !aintain road user discipline in the city/ and
).3ssist the city legislators in the drafting of ne las and ordinances regarding tra"c !anage!ent.
<pon enact!ent of the =ocal >overn!ent Code in 1987, the 2angguniang 9anlungsod of the City of Cebu has
been vested the poers and functions, inter alia, to regulate the use of streets and other public places/
establish 9<? 2tops and ter!inals/ regulate garages and the operation of conveyances for hire and designate
stands to be occupied by public vehicles hen not in @ueue.
%n %ctober '', 1987, in order to i!ple!ent the foregoing, City %rdinance &o. 1'(8 as enacted creating the
Cebu City Tra"c ;ngineering 7ivision under the City ;ngineerAs %"ce. Initially, the function of this 7ivision
as to !aintain the then existing +anti@uated, electroB!echanical, tra"c signal e@uip!ent/ preparations of
the tra"c !anage!ent plans as basis for the installation of tra"c signs and application of pave!ent
!ar.ings, and conduct tra"c studies to update the existing tra"c !anage!ent !easures.
CogniCant to the need for a reliable and e"cient tra"c control syste! in *etro Cebu, the City >overn!ent of
Cebu !ade representation ith &;73 ICC to realiCe the deferred tra"c signaliCation pro#ect. In ?une (, 1989,
the City of Cebu and the 7epart!ent of 9ublic Dor.s and Eighays +79DE, entered into a *e!orandu! of
3gree!ent +*%3, for a #oint on the installation of a Co!puteriCed Tra"c 2ignal 2yste!. Thus,
the *etro Cebu Tra"c ;ngineering and *anage!ent +*CT;3*, 9ro#ect as established in 1989, as the
i!ple!enting agency of the pro#ect.
In 1994, the installation of the Co!puteriCed Tra"c 2ignal 2yste! as aarded to an 3ustralian 1r!, the
3D3 Tra"c and Infor!ation 2yste!. The tra"c syste! adapted in Cebu City is the fully adaptive <rban Tra"c
Control 2yste! utiliCing the F2ydney Coordinated 3daptive Tra"c 2yste!G +2C3T2,, a develop!ent e$ort of
the 0oads Tra"c 3uthorities of the &e 2outh DalesG. 2C3T2 operates in realBti!e, ad#usting signal ti!ings
throughout the syste! in response to variation in tra"c de!and and syste! capacity.
Tra"c ;nforce!ent, on the other hand, as left to the Cebu City Tra"c 7ivision of the 9hilippine &ational
9olice +9&9,. %ver the period fro! 1988 up to present. There has been increasing de!and of enforcers
e!ployed by the due to the increasing pressure brought about by urbaniCation through the econo!ic
The deploy!ent of the tra"c 1eld personnel at various intersections and at the !idBbloc.s is very necessary
even if these intersections ere already installed ith tra"c signal lights. The tra"c enforcers are the ones
responsible for the direction and control of the vehicular tra"c Ho especially during pea. hours, to respond
to any vehicular tra"c accident in the area and to enforce the Tra"c Code of Cebu City in cases hen
violations are observed.
The concentration of the business establish!ent and educational institution in so!e areas of Cebu City
causes congestion of vehicular tra"c on account of par.ed vehicles on the roads and streets thereof. To
!ini!iCe tra"c congestion in the said areas, it as necessary to adopt !easures that ould regulate the of vehicles especially during days. To address the need to rationaliCe the use of the onBstreet, the 2angguniang 9anlungsod institutionaliCed 9ay in the city, thus, City %rdinance &o. 1'96
as created in 1988.