Hefty fines, penalties up vs. traffic laws violators

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Other than the provisions of the City Traffic Management Code, the City Public Order and Safety Coordinating Office (CPOSCO) can now enforce Land Transportation Office Rules and Regulations which means higher fines and penalties against unruly and undisciplined motorists.

This, after the officially deputized (CPOSCO) personnel as field agents.

Some 136 enforcers in shifting schedules were dispersed around the city to ensure and sustain peace and order in the community.

These activities were some of the measures of the local government to support the “Disiplina Muna” national advocacy campaign which aims to “promote the culture of discipline among Filipinos by enticing people’s participation—one of the tenets of good governance.”

Following its road monitoring and clearing operations at the Poblacion area, CPOSCO extended its implementation of “Disiplina Muna” campaign to the northern and southern sections of the city.

Anyone caught violating city ordinances and traffic management code can now face revocation of driver’s license and fines ranging from P3,000 to P10,000.

In an interview, Louie Clemente, CPOSCO Officer-in-Charge, emphasized the critical role of Fernandinos in achieving the total peace and order in the city.

“It’s a participatory effort between the implementers and citizens. We are doing our responsibilities as law enforcers so we are also expecting to see disciplined and responsible Fernandinos. Do the right things even when no one sees you; show discipline and integrity,” Clemente remarked.

Meanwhile, Bong Ortaliz, CPOSCO Chief Admin, advised motorists, particularly tricycle drivers who are illegally using major thoroughfares, to adhere to city ordinances.

“Yung mga tricyle driver hindi naman natin sila pinagbabawalan na maghanap-buhay. Inililigtas lang natin yung mga buhay nila at ng mga pasahero nila,” the officer said.

Ortaliz also mentioned that they will be cascading the “Disiplina Muna” campaign to the 35 barangays of the city to involve them in the advocacy campaign.

These initiatives are still through the strong political will and able leadership of city Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago.