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Naga native is now metro traffic czar

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The very capable man who has been tasked by Transportation Secretary Art Tugade to solve Metro Manila’s perennial traffic woes is a son of Naga City, Albay.

Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) Acting Director Sr. Supt. Antonio Gardiola now holds the title of metro traffic czar in his position as de facto head of the inter-agency council on traffic. He hails from Barangay Dayangdang, Naga.

The task force includes the HPG, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and Land Transport Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Gardiola, in a Bicol Mail report Thursday (September 1), said that he wants the different local government units (LGUs) in the metropolis to attune their traffic ordinances with national laws if only to have smoother implementation of traffic regulations.

“Basta nandyan ang kooperasayon ng bawat ahensya, mapapadali ang bawat gagawin,” he was quoted as saying.

A Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduate, Gardiola also formerly served as the provincial police director of Camarines Norte.