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By: Mylen Manto | Published Monday, December 23, 2019
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia discusses traffic update in San Fernando town together with Taiheiyo Cement officials led by Kazuhiko Ichizawa, Consul Antonio Chiu and Engr. Cris Laurente of EMB-PENRO. (Junjie Mendoza)

Traffic situation in San Fernando town has improved after Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) stopped its delivery operations during peak hours. 

TCPI complied with its commitment to enforce the no-crossing of their trucks on national road from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia expressed her gratitude to TCPI for realizing their promise which is one of the measures to decongest traffic in the south.

“We thank you Taiheiyo for complying with the December 1 commitment. I talked to Mayor Neneth Reluya, she also gave feedback that the traffic situation is much better there because of the restrictions that have been put in place from 7 to 9 in the morning and from 4 to 7 in the evening,” she said.

Garcia earlier noticed that vehicles going in and out of the TCPI plant causes traffic in the area. 

Last December 1, TCPI President Kazuhiko Ichizawa said the company started to not conduct any delivery operations during peak hours to decongest traffic in front of their plant. 

He added they are also looking into the possibility of delivering cements at dawn or from 11 p.m. to 10 a.m. 

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Rodel Bontuyan, in his presentation, showed that TCPI has complied with its commitment to restrict vehicles from crossing the national road entering and exiting the plant.

TCPO deputy environment and safety manager Engineer Dwight Avila also shared that Taiheiyo has constructed a skywalk outside their gate for pedestrians and their employees to use in crossing the national road.

However, they noticed that some pedestrians did not the skywalk, which they have no control of. 

Included in their measures to ease traffic are the transfer of the vendors outside their plant, installation of a bus stop and training for their security guards to man the traffic.

Avila also informed the governor that the plant’s CO2 emissions have not breached the acceptable level after addressing the problem with their gas analyzer.

Earlier, Garcia questioned TCPI’s carbon monoxide (CO) emissions that went beyond the allowable level at 500.

For 12 hours starting 4 p.m. of November 11, 2019 until 9 a.m. of November 12, there had been steay breach of the 500 allowable levels, said Garcia. 

TCPI representative explained that the abnormality in the emission was because of the defective gas cooler due to a lot of moisture and dust to which they have addressed already. 

By June next year, Avila said TCPI will use the conveying system in transporting their raw materials going to their plant.

Meanwhile, Ichizawa said starting February 2020, the company will no longer import gypsum, one of the ingredients in making cement, and will buy it locally instead. 

He added that the provincial government can use their thermal plant for free to burn the illegal drugs disposed of by trial courts as well as the confiscated pork products in accordance with the Capitol’s effort against African Swine Fever (ASF).