More traffic enforcers, sign boards proposed

Feb. 10, 2015

By Mark Anthony Duran, Davao Today Interns
DAVAO CITY – The Traffic Management Center (TMC) needs an additional 100 personnel to monitor the increasing number of traffic violators in the city.

TMC Head Rodelio Poliquit said more staff should be dispatched in Toril, Calinan, Tugbok and Tibungco areas.

Of the current number of 370 personnel, only 65 of them are authorized to apprehend traffic violators.

“Last year, we have already apprehended 7,000 to 8,000 traffic violators in the city,” he said.

Some of the common offenses include drunk driving and driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

Poliquit said that they are still waiting for the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the anti-drug and anti-drunk driving.

Poliquit also said that placing more signboards and informative advisories would lessen the number of traffic violators in the city.

“There should be a three-way process called Education-Engineering-Enforcement wherein the drivers should be educated of the basic traffic rules and regulations before we engineer several plans for the improvement of the traffic in the city,” he added.

He also said that they will also put thermoplastic pedestrian lane markings in the city instead of paints because of its longevity and endurance to heat and pressure.

“We will prioritize in putting thermoplastic pedestrian lane markings on city streets and schools because it is in these places that road accidents are rampant,” he said.

The TMC had proposed a 70-million peso for the additional staffing and informative sign boards in the city. (

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