LTO dispatches 200 traffic enforcers to escort health workers

March 30, 2020
Men and women personnel of Land Transportation
Men and women personnel of Land Transportation Office-Law Enforcement Section (LTO-LES) at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). Photo by JUN I. LEGASPI

THE Land Transportation Office has dispatched 200 traffic enforcers to escort and give assistance to health workers (frontliners) going to their respective hospitals for their duty to fight COVID-19.

In an interview, lawyer Clarence Guinto, Director of LTO-Law Enforcement Section, said the LTO-Team was augmented with the friendly enforcers of Philippine National Police, Armed Forcer of the Philippines and Inter-Agency Council for Traffic to ensure the safety of health workers while traveling to their respective hospitals.

Guinto said all traffic personnel were divided several teams and assigned in 2 shifts (morning and afternoon) to ensure they will cover all the trips of health workers until  the evening on their way home.

“Kasama namin dito yung mga LTO-Female Traffic Enforcers, at nakakataba ng puso, volunteer sila at willing sumabak sa frontlines, kaya nga highly commended ng agency ang mga ito,” said Guinto.

According to Guinto before all personnel are dispatched to their respective designated areas, an LTO personnel ensured the safety health protocol seriously observed.

“Yung health safety equipment, gears at disinfectant ay properly nagawa at may dala silang mga extra facemask, alcohol at mga saving life materials for emergency purposes,” said Guinto.

All personnel were divided in of Valenzuela, East Avenue, Paranaque, Alabang, and MMDA Central Office in morning and afternoon shifts.

The operations were initiated by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante since March 18, 2020.