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ateneo grade school traffic scheme incompetency that need fixing

after one quarter of trying out the new traffic scheme at the ateneo grade school, we now have a very good picture of how it has performed and what needs to be changed as soon as possible.

we think these are the incompetency of the new traffic scheme:

  1. new and additional parking spaces were not added, parking spaces not enough for all the AGS vehicles – it is obvious that not having enough parking spaces for all the AGS vehicles is the most important problem and one that this new parking scheme did not even attempt to solve. this is very much obvious specially during the time closest to dismissal time when vehicles are double, triple and quadruple parked on the existing parking spaces. cars are parked perpendicular to the cars parked on the designated lanes and on both sides of the lanes. this gets so bad that it has become very slow to get out of the parking lots. the cars parked now reach beyond the the area of the pedestrian overpass on katipunan road. we agree that this situation means the dangers that were there before were not really solved but simply transferred to the parking areas.
  2. the new traffic scheme is causing a lot of heavy traffic and has at least doubled the travel time in and out of the campus. traffic flow has been significantly slowed down, slowed down at least twice as much not only inside the campus but also in entering the campus from katipunan road. going out of the campus is much slower.
  3. the curbside designations according to grades is ill-conceived and incompetently drawn. grades 1,3,5 and 7 are supposed to be picked up on the curbside where amiel alcantara’s marker is and beside irwin theater while grades 2, 4 and 6 are supposed to use the curbside beside the AGS buildings, on the heritage room side. the scheme splits the number of students to 60-40, with 60% of the students, or those students belonging to odd numbered grades at the longer curbside. this is great IF the length of the comparative curbsides are also 60-40 in ratio but it is not. the curbside for the even-numbered grades is easily only 20% in total length compared to the total length of the curbside for the odd numbered grades. that means too many cars are all being  jam-packed into a mush shorter curbside inside the campus by the heritage room and that is causing so much traffic. getting in and of that area is at least 3 to 5 times longer than on the side of the odd-numbered grades.
  4. the crossing at the entrance to the school by the blue eagle’s gym (gate 2) is nothing but mayhem. this should have been obvious to the designers of the new traffic scheme. that crossing takes in a total of  7 lanes coming from 4 different directions converging into that single point – at least 3 lanes from cars entering gate 2 going into the campus, 1 lane coming from the road beside katipunan going to the grade school parking lot, 2 lanes coming from the parking lot who will exit the campus and 2 lanes on matheson drive entering the grade school parking lot and exiting the campus. all these converge on that single point clogging all the lanes going in and out of the campus.

there are other incompetency but we think these are the major problems that need to be fixed immediately.

separately, we heard that in talks to parents, a school official has been telling the parents the current traffic scheme is “short term” and the the traffic scheme presented by a group of parents that the school ignored is being labeled as “long term” and that this school official is in contact with these group of parents about it.

we do not know what this school official is up to but many of the things this school official said about the traffic scheme the school ignored is not true.

we hope AGS will correct the incompetency of the new traffic scheme.

  1. ateneo mom
    August 15, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Perhaps the school official/s responsible for the approval and implementation of the current traffic scheme should spare one day to observe and really see for himself/themselves just how ‘effective’ and ‘safe’ it is during dismissal time. He/They should really stand there at the critical areas you mentioned and witness how chaotic it becomes. However, this may not be a guarantee that they will have a change of heart and actually move to have the necessary structures built in order to lessen the chaos inside the campus. It’s just like a company thinking how much bottomline it stands to lose if they invest in renovating their office so they just repainted it and moved some furniture around to make it look different. Its really about Ateneo’s refusal to invest and not anymore about doing it right for all those affected by this.

  2. sandy maniling
    August 15, 2009 at 11:12 am

    the curbside designations according to grades is ill-conceived and incompetently drawn. grades 1,3,5 and 7 are supposed to be picked up on the curbside where amiel alcantara’s marker is and beside irwin theater while grades 2, 4 and 6 are supposed to use the curbside beside the AGS buildings, on the heritage room side. the scheme splits the number of students to 60-40, with 60% of the students, or those students belonging to odd numbered grades at the longer curbside. this is great IF the length of the comparative curbsides are also 60-40 in ratio but it is not. the curbside for the even-numbered grades is easily only 20% in total length compared to the total length of the curbside for the odd numbered grades. that means too many cars are all being jam-packed into a mush shorter curbside inside the campus by the heritage room and that is causing so much traffic. getting in and of that area is at least 3 to 5 times longer than on the side of the odd-numbered grades.

    natawa ko dito and i agree with it. why did the school not even think of this or even bother to measure the length of the driveways? sounds elementary to me.

    • sandy maniling
      August 15, 2009 at 11:13 am

      the school authorities who designed the traffic scheme is not monitoring their own work? how strange!

  3. marco atayde
    August 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

    my wife complains about the traffic situation at AGS almost on a daily basis. she has complained too but ateneo is not doing anything about it. at least from here, i know that its not just my wife who has problems with this new traffic scheme.

    the suggestions and observations posted here seem very reasonable and simple. they are very good suggestions. will ateneo listen?

  4. ateneo mom
    August 15, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Maybe the school officials think it’s mostly drivers and yayas who fetch the boys anyway so why bother listening to a few parents complaining. To the parents who are busy working and have their drivers/yayas pick up their son/s from Ateneo, please take time out and ask your staff about how mamy times they go around campus while waiting for your son, how much gas is wasted by doing this. All I can say is that everyday poses a new challenge for me whenever I fetch my son, it is never predictable.

  5. Max
    August 19, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Let’s launch a petition against Ateneo to call attention to this issue. The guy behind it all is John Paul Vergara, VP- Admin and Facilities (0918 906 5265) . He has not listened to the REAL problems of his traffic scheme nor done anything to fix it. On the contrary, he actually believes the traffic scheme has has implemented since the start of this school year is a HUGE SUCCESS. And, from his text messages, her actually thinks everybody loves him for putting his WONDERFUL scheme in place. He’s waiting for us to commend him for promotion or national hero stature whichever we believe he deserves.

    Well, let’s send him the right message and stop lamenting the current situation. It will only be through action that this will change. The questions is: Are you willing to take some action? Or, Do you just want to be able complain and leave it that (as most Filipinos typically are just willing to do).

  6. valentine
    August 21, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    THE SPOT WHERE AMIEL DIED – A Dark Blot in the AGS Campus

    I was at Amiel’s marker today to put some flowers. And I noticed that the potted plants were already wilting. Perhaps it’s symbolic of the inattention of the AGS officials regarding the drastic need for improvements in the parking lots. The comments of readers of this blog show as much – that Ateneo school officials have not instituted significant changes to make the AGS campus a much safer place for the children.
    While there, I also observed what appears to be a permanent dark/wet area in the spot where Amiel was hit by an irresponsible driver. I did not have my camera with me, otherwise I would have taken a picture to show the readers what I mean. I’m not sure if that dark spot was already there before Amiel’s accident but I’ve noticed that spot since then. Even on a hot day, that spot remains. And I think that it is indeed a dark blot in the AGS landscape because a child was killed in that spot.

  7. daniel maliksi
    September 11, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    ateneo does not care about others, it does not care if it inconveniences others, all it cares about is itself. it does not care for its own srudents why will it care for others?

  8. eric
    September 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    BTW,any news update re court case of the Alcantara’s?

  9. valentine
    October 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Am also interested to get updates on the case filed by the Alcantara family against the driver of the van who killed Amiel. Still no justice for Amiel ? What’s taking the court a long time to proceed with the arraignment ?

  10. valentine
    October 18, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    is the AGS campus now a safer place ? whenever i think of what happened to Amiel, my heart breaks.

  11. ramon aguinaldo
    October 20, 2009 at 7:23 am

    i do not know about the AGS campus being safer. not much was really changed, the key problem of not enough parking spaces is still there, they have not built new parking spaces.

    the traffic inside and outside the campus is much worst than before, that has changed.

    we are close to half the year and ateneo has not changed things. very typical of ateneo. i think they are waiting for another major accident to happen before they do anything again.

  12. betina de los santos
    October 27, 2009 at 8:05 am

    traffic on katipunan is being caused by cars going to ateneo. the MMDA should do something about this.

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