POLICE Regional Office (PRO 11) regional director Manuel Gaerlan conducted a surprise inspection Wednesday, March 28, at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (Dcott) to ensure that drivers are of sound condition and their vehicles are fit to travel.
“I am happy to report na-random check ko yong lisyensa okay, yong driver si highway patrol Police Superintendent Maglana, tsineck niya yong papers ng bus okay naman and also the roadworthiness,” Gaerlan said.
(I checked the licenses randomly while Highway Patrol Police Superintendent Maglana checked the drivers as well as the papers of the bus and its roadworthiness. They were found to be okay).
Gaerlan also monitored the entry of the passengers and supervised the security personnel manning the checkpoint. He later boarded the buses and asked the drivers to show their documents.
“We randomly checked so we are assuring na itong ating mga commuters ay safe through constant supervision ng ating mga tao and random inspection, hopefully matanggal talaga natin yong mga hindi roadworthy na mga vehicles,” Gaerlan added.
(This is to ensure the safety of commuters. Hopefully, we will get rid of vehicles that are not roadworthy.)
He gave the Dcott management a 9.9 score, out of 10 as the highest, to give room for improvement.
He assured the public that the security personnel are on alert.
“Security wise, we have enough personnel. Nakita natin yong sistema dito from entrance yong submission of inspection of baggage, identification of potential wanted persons or mga wanted terrorist and also may random K9 units to check kung mayroong explosive or explosive substances,” Gaerlan said.
Marie Jean A. Jaralba, administrative officer of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), said in a separate interview that they have already put up their own desk in line with their Oplan Semana Santa Ligtas Byahe campaign.
They also distributed leaflets containing reminders to the drivers.
They will conduct their operation until April 2 to check and ensure the safety and reliability of buses before traveling and see to it that they are equipped with necessary legal documents.