A more stringent enforcement of traffic laws and regulations will be implemented as the Department of Transportation and the Department of Interior and Local Government yesterday formally assigned the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) as the enforcement arm of the DoTr.
Signed by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, the commitment authorizes the PNP-HPG to enforce traffic rules and regulations within Metro Manila and the neighboring regions, in full support of the operations of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (i-ACT).
Under the commitment, the PNP-HPG will deploy 300 uniformed personnel for the National Capital Region and Regional Units that will provide logistical mobility support to strengthen the enforcement operations of i-ACT.
PNP-HPG shall also coordinate with the DoTr and its attached agencies, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), in ensuring the effective implementation of the agreement.
The commitment of the DILG, through PNP-HPG, shall take effect immediately after the signing ceremony.
“Sabi ng ating Pangulo (Rodrigo Duterte), ‘give the Filipino a comfortable life.’ Nandito tayo ngayon sapagkat sa ating panunumpa sa lengguwahe ng ating Pangulo, tayo ay magsisilbi sa Pilipino upang sa ganoon, ang kapwa Pilipino ay magkaroon ng comfortable life. And we will inculcate that comfortable life through enforcement and discipline on the road, and through proper compliance of the law,” Tugade said in his speech.
The Transportation chief added that the partnership between the DoTr and the PNP-HPG was the idea of former HPG Chief and current LTFRB Board Member Antonio Gardiola.
“Nu’ng bago pa si General Gardiola, wala pang dalawang araw, sabi ko sa kanya, ‘General Gardiola, gusto ko ituloy mo ang partnership between PNP and the Department of Transportation. Gusto ko, paigtingin mo at bigyan ng lakas ‘yung tinatawag na enforcement.’ In barely two weeks, tinawagan ko si Secretary Año, sabi ko, ‘kailangan ko kayo’,” Tugade recounted.
Aside from its personnel, PNP-HPG will be committing its logistical resources consisting of 24 mobile cars and 82 motorcycle units.
For DoTr’s part, all personnel from the LTO, LTFRB, and the i-ACT Secretariat, including all mobile cars and motorcycle units, will also be deployed.