BACOLOD City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran on Friday tasked Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), to intensify their operations against colorum (unregistered) tricycles.
Familiaran said the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) should impound tricycles illegally operating in various areas of the city.
He added that the BTAO should strictly implement the color coding of tricycles.
“The color coding is very important to immediately identify the owner of the tricycle who are involved in crime incidents,” the vice mayor said.
At dawn Wednesday, a call center agent reported to the police that she was robbed and sexually abused by a tricycle driver and his companion at Barangay Alijis.
The victim, 26, took a tricycle to work, but she was brought by the driver to Barangay Taculing. She was later left by her assailants at Avenue La Salle Ville. They took her cellular phone and bag.
Familiaran said most of the tricycle associations are complaining that there are colorum tricycles operating in their areas.
“The BTAO should double their efforts to arrest colorum tricycle drivers to avoid similar incidents,” he said.
Familiaran said some colorum tricycles have been involved in theft and robbery incidents.
He added that all police station chiefs should intensify visibility patrol operations in crime prone areas to preempt the possible operations of lawless elements.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 04, 2017.
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