Gov. Edgar Chatto wants to have more cops trained and deputized for traffic enforcement and incident management to prevent or reduce violations and accidents on roads province-wide.
He directed Sr. Supt. Angeles Geñorga, new provincial director of the Philippine National Police (PNP), to organize with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) the training.
Earlier the other week, Chatto asked the LTO regional and local officials to deputize additional traffic policemen in Tagbilaran City and 47 municipalities in Bohol.
This is to ensure the reduction of traffic violation-related incidents, which have recorded a significant increase according to the LTO itself.
The incidents have affected the reported periodic crime volumes even if the police records have shown a significant drop in the index crimes.
The governor pushed for more LTO-deputized police officers during the courtesy call on him the other week of new LTO Reg’l. Dir. Victor Emmanuel Caindec.
Chatto also asked the LTO to immediately make available in Bohol the system of fast processing and issuance of the new plastic driver’s license cards with five-year validity.
Finally on Tuesday, no less than Department of Transportation (DOTr) Usec. Edgar Galvante, who is the LTO national chief, launched and successfully tested the new system at the LTO in Tagbilaran City.
The governor’s wife, Balilihan Mayor Pureza Veloso-Chatto, Acting Provincial Administrator John Mitchel Boiser, City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II and some local mediamen were the first to get new driver’s license cards in five or less than 10 minutes.
ONLY 80 COPS ARE DEPUTIZED
While Bohol has one growing city and 47 municipalities and longer stretches of roads improved, the province has only 80 deputized traffic cops based on the LTO list, according to Boiser.
On the governor’s instruction, Boiser said the police provincial director already talked to the LTO regional head of the training design for the additional batch of traffic police.
A police officer cannot be deputized by the LTO unless he or she has undergone proper training, which will be jointly designed by the LTO and PNP.
Boiser said probably 80 more cops will be deputized after their training, which funding has been assured by the governor.
While its essence is to reduce road accidents, the LTO deputization of the cops can also help in properly screening the driver’s license applicants.
The holders of the driver’s licenses must know the traffic rules and the motor vehicle owners be reminded that no one should drive without the LTO license.
Chatto’s want for more deputized traffic and road incident management cops, also to deter crimes like the transport of illegal drug, is supported by the LTO chief.
Galvante is himself both a former deputy chief for operations of the PNP and an ex-director of the Dangerous Drugs Board.
The LTO chief said here that the holder of the five-year valid driver’s license who has no recorded violation can be granted a renewal license with 10-year validity.
As planned by the LTO, the application for renewal can even be filed six to three months before the expiration of the original license.
Meanwhile, motor vehicle owners in Bohol can start expecting for the national issuance of the license plates after the Supreme Court early last week lifted the temporary restraining order. (Ven rebo Arigo)