By Malu Cadelina Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – At least 309 vehicles were impounded at a local police station here after the Regional Police Office in Soccsksargen, including the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and other traffic enforcement units, intensified their “Oplan Mapayapa” starting Tuesday, reports said.
Superintendent Ramel Hojilla, Kidapawan City police director, said “Oplan Mapayapa” is a highway inspection aimed at curbing problems on criminalities brought about their violation of laws and local ordinances.
The operation, which starts at night and ends at dawn of the next day, will continue until next week, reports said.
Hojilla, who acts as the ground commander, said that of the 309 vehicles that were impounded since Tuesday, 39 were motorbikes; three were four-wheeled vehicles; tricycle; and at least 266 vehicles were issued temporary operators’ permit (TOPs) for several traffic violations.
As to violations of national laws and ordinances, Hojilla said they arrested at least 82 violators, which included three minors that violated Curfew for Minors ordinance; 11 for Anti-Smoking Ordinance; 65 for violating the Anti-Liquor Ban; and three wanted persons.
Hojilla said the Police Regional Office 12, headed by Chief Superintendent Marcelo Morales, has come up with Oplan Mapayapa to lessen infractions or violations of laws, especially traffic code and other traffic-related ordinances.
Oplan Mapayapa is composed of PNP-12 were personnel and deputized agents of the LTO; Regional Mobile Force; Traffic Management Unit of the Kidapawan City government; Kidapawan City PNP; Task Group Kidapawan; Highway Patrol Group; and other government agencies, including the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
Most of the violations were driving without drivers’ licenses and other pertinent auto documents like Official Receipt (OR) and Certificate of Registration (CR).