BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan revealed that the Cordillera office of the Department of Transportation and Railways (DOTR) coordinated with his office for the identification of ten personnel of the local government to be deputized by the agency to help in the intensified implementation of the Land Transportation Code of the Philippines as part of decongesting traffic in the various city and barangay roads.
The local chief executive said DOTR-CAR officials personally got in touch with him to get the names of the local government officials and employees who can be deputized by the agency to help in the strict implementation of traffic rules and regulations and to instill discipline among motorists and pedestrians alike to prevent untoward incidents that pose a serious threat to life and limb.
“We are elated because DOTR-CAR officials and employees have become aggressive in the implementation of the mandate of their office to help our law enforcers rid the city and barangay roads of obstruction and improve the compliance of motorists to traffic rules and regulations,” Domogan stressed.
He also appreciated the efforts of some DOTR-CAR officials to frequently visit the various terminals around the city to compel bus operators and drivers and even operators of terminals to observe cleanliness and orderliness in their terminals to help in improving the image of the city among those patronizing the terminals.
According to him, there is a need for concerned government agencies and the local government to closely work together in curbing traffic violations and instil discipline among the motoring public to achieve less stressful travel from their points of origin to their desired points of destination.
Domogan said he will closely coordinate with the concerned departments in the local government to identify those competent enough to be deputized to implement traffic rules and regulations to help improve the traffic situation.
He stated there is a need for the strict implementation of traffic rules and regulations to teach erring motorists on the need to adhere to stringent traffic rules and regulations to achieve orderliness and safety along major city and barangay roads.
He said motorists apprehended by deputized traffic enforcers should pay their prescribed fines to the concerned agencies and the local government and learn to observe traffic rules and regulations when plying the major roads around the city and the different provinces.
Domogan requested DOTR-CAR officials to give the local government time to identify those deserving personnel who will be deputized by the agency for this purpose. /By Dexter A. See