KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb. 21 (PIA) - With barely a month since assuming post as the city's new traffic chief, Danilo Asong vows to improve the traffic landscape in Koronadal.
He made this announcement, Thursday during the Talakayan sa City Hall and unveiled his work plan to ease traffic woes in the city especially during peak hours.
According to Asong, discipline and right information is vital in implementing changes in the city's traffic situation.
The city's traffic section will focus on stakeholder education and awareness campaigns and implement stronger enforcement.
"Traffic is the show window of the city. We need to educate and re-orient drivers, especially tricycle drivers about traffic rules and regulations. This include national guidelines and city ordinances," Asong said.
The new traffic chief introduced new mandates on his first month of office.
"In the past, those apprehended for driving without license are immediately released upon payment of the required penalties, but now, we will not release the vehicle unless the driver can secure a Student Permit from the Land Transportation Office," the official added.
Asong added that unlike before, traffic enforcers are now required to be in there area of assignment for the whole duration of their duty.
"From time to time, I make rounds in the city's main roads and check my men on the ground and personally help manage traffic gridlocks," he said.
The officer also proposed amendments to city's traffic ordinance to help in their proper implementation of the law.
"I recommend the use of bicycle lanes for slow moving vehicles like motorcycles and tricycles and strict implementation of one lane parking in busy thoroughfares. We also have to amend certain provisions in our ordinance. We have provisions for towing, but the city doesn't have a tow truck," Asong noted.
Meanwhile, Asong asked the cooperation of the public especially in their operations.
"All we ask from the motorists is to cooperate when they are apprehended. We are only doing our job. I strictly remind my enforcers every time to observe proper protocol and to be disciplined and courteous," Asong said.
Danilo Asong is a retired officer of the Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group. He was assigned in Davao City, Midsayap, General Santos and served as the provincial director of Maguindanao. (ORVR)