Highway cops, anti-crime watchdog tie up for road safety

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) has partnered with the Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) in the implementation of traffic management and road safety operations.

The partnership was locked in with the signing of a memorandum of agreement at the HPG headquarters in Camp Crame on Monday.

The MOA was signed by HPG director Chief Superintendent Arnel Escobal and CCW founding chairman
Jose Malvar Villegas.

Under the MOA, CCW riders will be deputized by the HPG as their force multipliers in every region to promote and instill traffic management and discipline among motorists to ensure road safety.

The force multipliers will be trained and has to attend seminars to be conducted by the HPG before they are given identification cards which will only be used during the performance of their duties and responsibilities as a volunteer.

The association, on the other hand, will be responsible for policing their riders while the HPG and CCW will have to directly coordinate during emergency cases.

In 2016, a total of 32,269 road accidents were recorded. The most common cause was human error such as bad overtaking or turning, over speeding, drunk driving, use of cellular phone while driving and overloading.

Of the number, 11,744 involves motorcycles.

However, Escobal said not all traffic or road accidents are reported which may be due to lack of personnel. It is also possible that the parties involved reached a settlement.

He said the HPG has only 1,500 personnel including those in the regions.

“Talagang kulang tayo sa tauhan kaya we welcome ang ating partnership with the CCW na makakatulong sa road safety and security kung saan maging good example sila sa ibang motorcycle riders gaya ng pagsusuot ng helmet, nao-observe ng speed limit and courteous sa daan na dahilan ng aksidente,” said Escobal.

Villegas said the watchdog has over 500,000 members nationwide, about 10,000 of whom are motorcycle riders. (SunStar Philippines)
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