Gen. Querol should observe protocol, Iloilo city dad says

July 12, 2011 3:30 am 

ILOILO CITY, July 11 – Iloilo City councilor Plaridel Nava expressed disappointment over the ‘sudden’ augmentation of policemen in manning traffic flows in Iloilo City’s main streets and in arresting motorists violating traffic laws since last week.

Regional Director Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol, Jr. of Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) even led the apprehension of several erring jeepney drivers here.

Nava said Querol has failed to observe proper courtesy. adding that the initiative of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in helping traffic problem of this city should undergo proper consultation with the different transport groups and Transport Management and Transport Regulation Office (TMTRO).

“I have nothing against the initiative and effort of general Querol. I’m just asking a simple observance of protocol”, he said.

On the other hand, City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is in favor of the move being shown by Querol. He said the augmentation of the PNP in traffic is the product of recent transport summit hosted by no less than Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr.

“This simply shows partnership between the PNP, lloilo City and Iloilo Governments. I have seen nothing wrong with the augmentation and service extended by the PNP in maintaining smooth traffic flow in our city’s main streets but this does not mean we are undermanned with our capacity in solving traffic problem”, he said.

Friday last week, Querol and Nava had met at the mayor’s conference room through the mayor’s initiative purposely to put things in order especially the‘rule of engagement’ between the PNP and TMTRO.

Mabilog said they have agreed that no penalty will be given to drivers violating illegal parking but will still be given a warning ticket. He said penalty for illegal parking was temporarily suspended until end of this month. Penalty for violators of this violation will resume starting August 1.

The mayor also sought the enforcement of penalty for other traffic violations.

In Iloilo City, only seven traffic policemen under the ICPO’s Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Section were deputized by the Land Transportation Office 6 (LTO-6).

There are 80 more policemen from different police stations in this city are now on process to get their deputation cards from the LTO-6 after they have finished attending the one-day seminar last week.

A total of 300 policemen around the region are expected to be deputized by the LTO-6 this year.(PNA) RMA/AJP/MGCaoyonan/vlo

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