A PART of its expansion, the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-Act) was launched in Davao City Tuesday, February 26, at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) grounds.
Assistant Secretary for Special Concerns of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and I-Act Task Force Chief Manuel Gonzales said during a press conference that I-Act serves as a one-stop-shop for enforcers against traffic violations.
He said I-Act Region 11 will further intensify operations against illegal parking, illegally operating public utility vehicles and terminals within the areas of Davao City and the provinces of Davao Del Norte, Davao Del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, and Compostela Valley.
It also seeks to address traffic woes and other road problems in the region.
Gonzales said that I-Act was formed based on the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte to curb traffic congestion.
This is the first time that they launched it in Mindanao.
In December 2018, they already did the same in Metro Cebu after it was re-launched in September 2018 in Metro Manila.
I-Act in Davao region is composed of Task Force Davao, regional offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Davao City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO), and Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), among others.
“We were able to successfully operate and establish the I-Act in Metro Manila. We’ve been operating in Baguio City and there was really a demand for the continuous operation of I-Act especially in Manila,” Gonzales said.
But with the growing traffic problem because of the booming economy, they decided to launch it here considering also that Davao City is the home of the President.
I-Act has different components. LTO will be enforcing the RA 4136 while the LTFRB will look after colorum vehicles and illegal terminals. The Highway Patrol Group on the other hand will go after the carnapped vehicles.
“We have the security forces, the AFP, and other members of the uniformed personnel and the implementation of the Clean Air Act,” he added.