PNP boosts campaign to address traffic woes

Published March 11, 2019, 9:16 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Martin Sadongdong

In a bid to solve the problematic traffic in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with six other government agencies to further strengthen the enforcement capabilities of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT).

Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)
Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I am pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of agreement by and between the Philippine National Police, and six agencies – Department of Transportation (DOTr), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Metro Manila Council, Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and [Philippine] Coast Guard (PCG) to further strengthen the enforcement capabilities of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic or I-ACT, through the support of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG),” said PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde in a press briefing in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

“The I-ACT was created to integrate the conduct of traffic management, decongestion of traffic flow, anti-colorum operations and strict enforcement of traffic laws, rules and regulations including illegal parking. Today the DOTr and the PNP commit the deployment of their respective personnel and logistical resources, and augment the same as the need by the I-ACT arises,” he added.

In particular, the Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) started deploying 25 police commissioned officers (PCOs), 275 police non-commissioned officers (PNCOs), 24 mobile cars and 82 motorcycle units “to address traffic woes in the metropolis and conduct a nationwide crackdown on colorum vehicles.”

Aside from the crackdown on colorum vehicles, Chief Superintendent Roberto Fajardo, PNP-HPG director, said they will also intensify their operations against the use of prohibited car accessories such as sirens, bells, horns, whistles or other similar gadgets that produce loud or startling sound, and dome lights, blinkers, and other similar signaling or flashing devices.

This is in strict compliance with the Presidential Decree 96 which prohibits the use of said illegal car accessories, Fajardo said.

Under PD 96, sirens and blinkers can only be used on motor vehicles designated for official use of the following agencies and offices: Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Land Transportation Commission, police departments, fire departments, and hospital ambulances.

Violation of PD 96 may be penalized with cancellation or revocation of the certificate of registration of the motor vehicle involved, he said.

Fajardo then appealed for public cooperation as he admitted that the traffic problem will not be solved by police operations alone but with the discipline of everybody.

“Ito kasi ang problema, this needs the help of LGUs [local government units]. Kasi kapag nag-operate kami with I-ACT, pag-alis namin nandyan ang barangay captain bumabalik sila kasi pinagkakakitaan ng LGUs (The problem is that this needs the help of LGUs. When we operate with the I-ACT, the barangay captains would often [allow] the violators to go back because the LGUs are milking money from them),” he said.

“Now it’s time to put a stop and we will do it together with your help. Pagtulungan natin (Everybody should act), we need the report, we need your help,” he said.

Aside from Albayalde, the MOA signing was attended and witnessed by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, MMDA Secretary Danilo Lim, LTFRB Secretary Martin Delgra, and LTO chief Edgardo Galvante, among others.

 
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