PRO–Cordillera reminds public to prioritize road safety

Photo by PIA
Photo by PIA

THE Police Regional Office–Cordillera (PRO–Cor) reminds the public anew to prioritize road safety in their travels as cases of vehicular traffic accidents (VTAs) remain high.

The PRO–Cor reported during the Regional Peace and Order Council meeting here last April 21 that a total of 504 VTAs were recorded in the region from January to March this year.

Baguio City recorded the most number of VTAs with 315, followed by Benguet with 63, Kalinga with 48, Abra with 29, Apayao with 21, Ifugao with 15 and Mountain Province with 13.

Most of the VTAs happened in thickly populated areas such as capital towns and business centers.

The report also showed that majority of the cases were due to human error with 477 cases. Another cause was mechanical error with 23 cases. The rest were due to road/weather condition. All road users, whether as motorists or drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists or riders are reminded to appreciate and observe road safety to avoid accidents that may cause death or injuries.

Meanwhile, on the peace and order situation in the region, the PRO–Cor affirmed a generally peaceful first quarter of 2023. It also reported notable accomplishments with its enhanced police operation management. For January to March, 626 individuals were arrested including 87 most wanted persons.

In the campaign against illegal drugs, the PRO – Cor conducted 211 operations that led to the confiscation of around P4.19 million worth of illegal drugs and arrest of 156 personalities.

The PRO–Cor also cited the relentless campaign against insurgency, illegal gambling and illegal logging.

The meeting was presided by Philippine Army’s 5th Infantry Division Commander MGEN Audrey Pasia.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. recently administered the oathtaking of Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong as the Cordillera RPOC chairperson, along with Pasia and PRO–Cor Police Brigadier General David Peredo Jr. as vice chairpersons. (PIA)


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