The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently signed a Commitment that designates the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) as the enforcement arm of DOTr.
Signed by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the Commitment authorizes the PNP-HPG to enforce traffic rules and regulations within Metro Manila and its neighboring region, supporting the operations of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (i-ACT).
The PNP-HPG will be deploying 300 uniformed personnel (25 Police Commissioned Officers and 275 Police Non-Commissioned Officers) for the National Capital Region, and will also coordinate with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in strengthening the implementation of traffic rules and regulations.
“Sabi ng ating Pangulo, ‘give the Filipino a comfortable life’… And we will inculcate that comfortable life through enforcement and discipline on the road, and through proper compliance of the law,” Secretary Tugade said.
Aside from its personnel, the PNP-HPG also committed to provide its logistical resources that consist of 24 mobile cars and 82 motorcycle units. DOTr, LTO, LTFRB, and the i-ACT Secretariat will also deploy personnel, mobile cars, and motorcycle units.
The DOTr will take the lead through the designation of a Chief of i-ACT Task Force, who will be responsible for the deployment of PNP-HPG personnel and logistical support in their respective posts.
Furthermore, an Inter-Agency Technical Working Group shall be established within 30 days upon the effectivity of the Commitment to draft the implementing guidelines.