With summer vacation and Holy Week approaching, the highways crowded with public and private vehicles racing for the provinces and vacation spots, the Land Transportation Office in the National Capitol Region (LTO-NCR) launched a new traffic safety program, and intensified operations to prevent tragic accidents like the recent Tanay bus mishap which killed 15 and injured 40 students.
“Oplan Ligtas Byahe Semana Santa 2017” was organized this week by LTO-NCR to pro-actively address road safety and the security of passengers and commuters for the Holy Week season when Metro Manilans traditionally go on vacations in their home provinces or hie off to the cool uplands of Baguio City and the mountain provinces.
“Safe and responsible driving of properly maintained vehicles is the key to the well-being and protection of thousands of commuters this summer,” stressed Atty. Clarence V. Guinto, LTO-NCR regional director.
The program was launched during a seminar on March 28, 2017 at the LTO Central Office in Quezon City to coordinate the efforts of LTO district officers, the PNP Highway Patrol Group, Quezon City Police District, bus drivers, operations and maintenance officers of bus companies, representatives of transport groups, Honda Philippines, Inc., and car dealers; where Atty. Guinto focused on the concept of Oplan Ligtas Byahe, its operations, and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and other partners, not only this summer but all-year-round.
PSupt. Ferdinand Noel Villanueva, chief of the NCR Highway Patrol Group discussed HPG summer vacation 2017 activities to help provide safe and secure travel from March to May 2017.
Motor vehicle inspection details were reviewed by Bartolome Agustus O. Sesperes, chief of LTO vehicle inspection center, while Bernard M. Dilangalen, LTO information systems analyst, discussed the rules and the common violations that result in accidents.
“Many accidents can be prevented if drivers obey traffic signs and road regulations, and respect pedestrian lanes, Dilangalen emphasized.
Honda Philippines presented a “Safety Driving for Everyone” program. The company disclosed that, with 53 percent of traffic accidents involving motorcycles, it established a Honda Motorcycle Riding Academy to teach accident-prevention driving.
Drug tests were conducted randomly among drivers who attended the seminar by the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) of the East Avenue General Hospital in coordination with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), as part of LTO-NCR’s program for drug-free workplaces and drug-free drivers.
Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, LTO Chief, in closing the seminar, stressed the importance of zero accidents during the Holy Week; as well as the continuing need to reinforce the knowledge and competence of drivers in defensive driving and also exercising road courtesy and discipline.
“Drivers should not be apprehensive about possible violations or apprehension when they see PNP and LTO personnel on the streets or roads. They are there to give assistance, and only when there is blatant disregard of traffic rules, are they required to strictly enforce land transportations laws and regulations,” Galvante declared