City councilor proposes plate number system for barangays

SunStar File Photo by Macky Lim
SunStar File Photo by Macky Lim

COUNCILOR Edgar Ibuyan Sr. proposes a Barangay Transport Motor Vehicle Plate Number for tricycles and other transport units plying within different barangays in Davao City.

Ibuyan, who is also president of the Association of Barangay Captains and chairperson of the City Council Committee on Barangay Affairs and Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization, said the system would help identify tricycles and other transport units and keep track of them making rounds in barangays.

The barangay-level plate number would bare the barangay of origin of the transport units and their corresponding registered motor vehicle number.

“Lisod kaayo mag identify kay daghan same color, same type sa motor. So ibutang nato ang number sa taas sa motor, kung mag byahe-byahe, mahibawan nato kung unsa siya na barangay (It’s hard to identify because a lot of them are the same color and same type. So the barangay plate number is attached on top of the vehicle so we can identify them),” Ibuyan said during an interview with the Davao City Disaster Radio on Thursday.

The councilor said he is set to present the project to the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and City Mayor Sebastian Duterte.

If given the green light, Ibuyan said he wants to make it mandatory for all barangay transport units, such as tricycles, sikad, and bao-bao. He added that they plan to sanction operators and drivers who would refuse to comply.

“Ato gyod nato ni siyang dali-dalion. Kung makapalit og motor, makapalit pud ta aning plate number. Ang operator pud, dapat didto lang isya mag tuyok kung asa siya (allowed), dili na sa laing lugar (We want to implement this as soon as possible. If they can buy a motor vehicle, then they can also register for this plane number. The vehicle operators should also avoid going to other places),” Ibuyan said.

The councilor said he conceptualized the project with regard to the killing of architect Vlanche Bragas, whose main killer is still unidentified. Bragas was seen riding a bao-bao car in Calinan, Davao City moments before her death.

“Nangita ta og lain, nag huna-huna nga diin madali ma-identify ang driver so mao ni ang gi-plano (We were thinking of ways that could identify drivers and their units so we came up with this),” Ibuyan said.


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