THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) has tapped anew the Philippine National Police (PNP) to further strengthen the government’s traffic management and fight against colorum vehicles.
The DOTr, PNP, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Metro Manila Council, Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board, and Coast Guard signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to boost the enforcement capabilities of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT).
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.
Through the MOA, the I-ACT will be assisted by at least 300 PNP Highway Patrol Group policemen, together with 24 mobile cars and 82 motorcycle units.
The PNP forces will assist the I-ACT to address traffic woes in the metropolis, particularly in the issues of illegal parking, as well as in the conduct of nationwide crackdown on colorum vehicles.
“So ngayon napirmahan na ‘yung I-ACT, this is now a joint operation with LTO, DOTr, MMDA, HPG-PNP and ‘yun nga marami kasing colorum pati colorum na motorcycle escort kasama na rin (iooperate), pati ‘yung may mga sinasabi nilang ID na ibinebenta ng P5,000 na exempted daw kapag dumating sa Edsa, monitored na rin namin yun at hahatawin na rin namin yun, pati illegal parking. We will clear the main thoroughfares of illegal parking so pasensyahan tayo,” HPG chief Major General Roberto Fajardo said.
Fajardo, however, urged the local government units to help the government in its effort to minimize the traffic congestion and for the safety of the riding public.
PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, for his part, said the PNP is conducting a study and research to further strengthen the implementation of the country’s traffic rules.
“In addition to that, we are actually in the process of researching kung meron talagang existing na presidential decree on the use of sirens and blinkers. Hindi lang po yan, pati ang paggamit natin ng tint sa mga sasakyan. If you'll notice kasi, I opened that up with DOTr Secretary [Arthur Tugade], ‘yung sobrang tint ng mga sasakyan natin na halos hindi na natin makita yung loob and yet mayroon tayong batas na anti-distracted law on the use of cellphone,” said Albayalde.
“How can you say na that person is using his cellphone where in fact you cannot even see what's inside? Anong klaseng merong batas ka eh hindi mo naman nakikita? Even the seatbelt law, ilan na ang nahuli na violation of seatbelt law where in fact, hindi mo naman makita kung ‘yung taong nadun is naka seatbelt o hindi. These are all in the pipeline, gagawin natin lahat, this is just the start of our effort between and among the concerned agencies,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)