Finally a Light at the Access Road


For two months now residents of Citihomes Subdivision have enjoyed the street lights provided by the Local Government Unit of Opol on the access road to the subdivision.

While it is only few lamp posts carefully appointed in almost a kilometer stretch of the access road from the subdivision’s entrance, the homeowners welcomed this development.

This has provided a degree of relief to homeowners who come home late from work. The project also serves as a deterrent for the ill-motives of some individuals to cause harm to the riding public, including transportation services operators.

It is a perennial complaint of taxi drivers that access road to the subdivision is not well-lit aside from the bad condition of the road. Reason for them to ask additional fee for their services.

The homeowners are extending our gratefulness to the Local Government Unit of Opol, especially to Mayor Dexter Yasay for realizing the said project. We also pray that the good mayor will put another street lighting project that will span from the subdivision to the national highway.

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PICHOA-2 Proposes Citihomes Traffic Management Rules


The Pag-ibig Citihomes Homeowners’ Associations in Malanang, Opol, Misamis Oriental had adopted a Transportation and Security Plan last year for implementation in the subdivision. The rules on transportation was lumped with the security measures because, as well know, traffic also concerns the security and safety of the homeowners.

The Pag-ibig Citihomes Phase 2 Homeowners’ Association (PICHOA-2) Board believes that the two fields, security and transportation/traffic, should not be lumped together in one policy since both are major areas of consideration, though the two may overlap on some cases.

An improvement for the transportation operation or traffic management rules and regulations is being proposed by PICHOA-2. This is somewhat comprehensive and it totally separates from the Security Policy of the subdivision. A comprehensive Subdivision Security Policy/Plan is still to be undertaken.

The Process

The proposed comprehensive Traffic Implementing Rules and Regulations is already under review by the PICHOA-2 Transportation Committee. After the committee review, the Rules will be presented to the Board for approval and endorsement to the other Homeowners Associations (HOAs) of the subdivision. The other HOAs’ Transportation Committees shall review PICHOA-2’s proposal and this will be elevated to their respective Board for approval.

The Board-approved Rules will then be discussed by the joint HOAs’ Board to incorporate revisions or additional improvements of the Rules. The joint HOAs’ Board-approved Rules will then be presented to the respective General Assembly of the each HOA for adoption.

The Proposed Citihomes Traffic IRR

The proposed Implementing Rules and Regulations governing the Traffic Management of Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision contain the following aspects or areas.

Traffic management, which talks about speed limit, terminal areas, practice driving, etc, is contained in Rule 2 while Rule 3 talks about accreditation process. Rule 3 touches on the accreditation criteria for public transportation vehicles including Habal-habal. It also discusses accreditation of drivers, and the effectivity, expiration, and renewal of accreditation. It also provides for the accreditation process and accreditation fees.

Rule 4 is all about the creation and composition of accreditation bodies and their functions. For public transportation, the subdivision will have one accreditation body, Transportation Accreditation Body (TAB), which is totally separate from the Transportation Committee of each HOA.

Private vehicles owned by homeowners will be accredited by their respective HOA’s Transporation Committee.

Rule 5 discusses the Accreditation Fund, which will be managed by the TAB. This fund will be generated from the fees, fines, etc. levied by the TAB to public transportation operators and drivers. It also prescribes the intended use and audit of the fund; and how the net surplus of the fund, after deducting the TAB expenditures, be shared or distributed to the various HOAs of the subdivision.

Rule 6 is all about the penalties and sanctions that will be imposed by the TAB to violations of the Traffic Rules while Rule 7 talks about handling of complaints and the adjudication process/mechanism.

The Transportation Adjudication Body is contained in Rule 8, which provides for the composition and duties of the body. The body is totally separate from the Adjudication Committees of each HOA.

The Draft Citihomes Traffic IRR

For better appreciation of the proposed Citihomes Traffic IRR, please see the attached file (Proposed Implementing Rules & Regulations for Traffic Mgt of Citihomes).

The Road To Citihomes Hones Personal Virtues


Pag-ibig Citihomes homeowners are indeed blessed if you take the access road condition to the subdivision for practicing the virtues of patience, endurance, and perseverance.

You got to have a higher degree of patience to navigate this path twice a day for five to six days a week especially during rainy days. Citihomes’ residents are mostly students and are employed in Cagayan de Oro City. Think of newly shined shoes, freshly pressed uniforms getting wet and splattered with mud. Picture your shoes getting soaked in rainwater splashed with dirt because the Motorelas operating there don’t have a properly installed rain protectors.

Think of uniforms, shoes, etc catching tons of dust during sunny days. Imagine your heavy colored shirts, pants, etc. and even your long shiny black hair looking brown.

You got to have a mighty endurance to undergo the daily ordeal on this type of road. You return home daily exhausted from work or studies and get more exhausted upon reaching your house, 3.5 kilometers from the highway, courtesy of the bad road.

You got to have a strong perseverance to still reside in the subdivision knowing and experiencing this daily torment. You have to have tons of it for we can only have a totally pave access road a decade from now. But that is still debatable.

Opol Mayor Dexter Yasay had made a pronouncement during the induction ceremony of the 2012 officers and directors of the various homeowners’ associations that his administration is still looking and sourcing out funds for the concreting of municipal and barangay roads. He said that Citihomes residents have to wait since the older subdivision, Youngsville Subdivision’s, access road is not yet concreted.

You have to persevere for another uncertain future before we can enjoy a concrete access road to Citihomes. Let us only start to hope once construction of access road to Youngsville Subdivision has commenced.

Below is mojospark1 uploaded video in youtube featuring the access road to Pag-ibig Citihomes. See to appreciate it.