TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Tasked to provide public security and an effective traffic and transportation management, the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) is confronted with the deliberate violations of traffic rules and codes imposed within the city.
Based on the 2017 accomplishment report of the office, driving without license was reflected to be the top violation with 525 cases with a total collected amount of P393, 750.00.
Inquiring on the reason behind the violation, Rafael Oyando of POSO said that it is attributed to the financial predicament of motorists in securing the requirements set by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) like medical certificate, negative drug test result, and the practical driving exam.
Oyando said this is on top of the fact that some drivers are minors or underage.
The other major violations are no rear view mirror (408), official receipt (OR)/certificate of registration (CR) not carried (398), failure to carry driver’s license (388), and City Ordinance 002-2011 or ”broom-broom” (235).
The report says that the total collected amount from these violations summed to P690, 350.00 which is 67.64% of the P1, 020,550.00 total collection for the said year.
Oyando also said that the significant and continuous increase in the volume of motorists and vehicles plying the thoroughfares largely affect traffic rules violation.
Aiming to reduce the number of traffic violations and to deliver an efficient and effective performance of traffic management functions and response to emergency situations, POSO chief Engr. Dionisio Falgui III said that is office has plotted the following activities this year such as road safety seminar and the empowerment training workshop to make traffic enforcers knowledgeable about legal issues related to traffic management.
Falgui also said that the POSO shall likewise put in additional signages along selected strategic points to inform motorists of the road safety ordinances employed in the city, install 80 security cameras along Bulanao-Dagupan road, and shall also hire additional workforce to implement the office’s programs and services.
By Darwin S. Serion