LGUs in Region 7 warned vs illegal use of ‘wang-wang’, blinkers

Published July 13, 2018, 9:53 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Calvin Cordova

CEBU CITY—Local government units (LGUs) in Region 7 were warned against the illegal use of sirens, bells, horns and blinkers.

Victor Emmanuel Caindec, regional director of LTO 7, said notices had been sent to all LGUs in the region that the registration of a government-owned vehicle caught violating Presidential Decree (PD) No. 96 will be revoked.

“I attended last Wednesday’s meeting of the oversight committee of the Police Regional Office –Central Visayas where we discussed the start of the aggressive campaign against “wang-wang” and blinkers,” said Caindec.

The PD No. 96 states that attachment of sirens, bells, horns, whistles or other similar gadgets that emit exceptionally loud or startling sounds, including dome lights and other signaling or flashing device on motor vehicles is considered illegal.

Under the presidential decree, only allowed to use those device are vehicles used for official functions by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, hospital ambulances and rescue vehicles National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, including its local counterparts and attached units.

“The order came from the President and this was certified urgent. This is to stop the rampant illegal use of sirens,” said Caindec.

LGUs were asked to submit a list of motor vehicles that were installed with blinkers, sirens and similar device for inspection, approval and proper tagging in LTO system.

The LTO 7 started sending out the notices to LGUs last Wednesday.

“They should submit the list of vehicles within 15 days after they received the notice,” Caindec said.