‘Roving deputies,’ a great help to RTA-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
TAPPING volunteers played a vital role in helping maintain order in the streets, the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) official said.
RTA administrator Engr. Nonito Oclarit said two weeks after the “roving deputies” actively participated in implementing traffic rules, “the turnout was good.”
“Gawas pa nga na-augment ang pwersa sa traffic enforcers, kadtong mga violations nga dili na mahatagan ug pagtagad sa (existing) traffic enforcers nga makalabay lang walay modakop, nahimo na namo. Maayo na ang dagan sa enforcement sa traffic laws (Aside from augmenting the number of traffic enforcers, those violations that were neglected by (existing) traffic enforcers have already been attended to. The enforcement of traffic laws is working well now),” Oclarit said.
He said the RTA is also grateful to the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) for assisting them through Supt. Michael John Deloso, head of the city police’s intelligence department.
Oclarit said the volunteers, considered as non-uniformed personnel of the RTA, have been helping the agency become effective in educating and arresting the violators.
However, he said, the volunteers also experienced some concerns while manning the streets.
“Dunay ginagmay nga problema pero minor lang. Ang uban man gud nga motorista dili diretso mo-submit. Pero dili gyud ingon nga daku nga isyu kay halos tanan ma-resibohan man gyud (There are minor problems. Some motorists won’t submit immediately. But it’s not a big issue because majority have been issued with tickets),” he added.
Oclarit said the volunteers have been allowed to issue citation tickets to violators.
He said both erring private and public utility vehicle drivers were not spared from the joint surprise operations of the volunteers, the police and the RTA.
“Dual ang nahatag nga suporta kanamo gikan sa mga volunteers (The volunteers provided us dual support), because they (volunteers) also educate the motorists and the pedestrians where to cross, disembark and embark from passenger vehicles,” Oclarit added.
He said the RTA is still open for other volunteers who are willing to be deputized to arrest those violators in the streets.
“Pero dili ingon ka sayon kay mag-undergo pa sila ug seminar. Dunay naghatag ug intent pero iplastar pa. Among i-introduce sa ilaha ang mga lagda sa trapiko aron ma- well versed sila before deployment,” he explained.
For his part, Edgardo Uy, RTA overseer, said the volunteers are effective force multiplier to maintain road safety and courtesy.
Uy clarified that not all deputized agents can issue citation tickets to violators.
They are also obliged to bring with them their identification cards (ID) as member of the roving deputies, he added.
Uy said one of the purposes in activating the project is to monitor how low the compliance of drivers on the road is.
The volunteers, Uy said, would also need to board public utility vehicles to actually monitor the drivers, “but they (deputized personnel) have to pay for their fare.”
“If duna silay mamatikdan nga violation, ilang badlungon. Kung dili motuo, mahimo nila isumbong sa pulis for assistance,” Uy said.
He said the project has been activated to become force multiplier as they noted RTA is short of traffic personnel to manage the city’s busy streets.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 31, 2013.