DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) offered free ride to stranded commuters in different areas in the city on Monday, October 16, during nationwide transport strike led by transport group led by Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) to augment public transportation.
In an interview on Tuesday, October 17, DCPO spokesperson Police Senior Superintendent Ma. Teresita Gaspan said that around 30 mobile patrols were deployed in areas where there were stranded commuters to fill the demand for rides.
DCPO director Police Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum directed all 12 stations to deploy at least two mobile patrol starting 5 a.m. in all terminal/routes with “Libreng Sakay” sign and its destination. Each mobile patrol has two personnel including a driver and a buddy.
Gaspan added the free ride was welcomed by commuters. Some said that it was their first time to ride a mobile patrol because of a wrong impression that police vehicles are only meant to transport criminals. Thus, Monday's strike was also an opportunity to change that impression.
The City Government also provided a total of 36 passenger buses for the riding public.