Monday, January 23, 2012
THE Provincial Board (Pb) asked the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 and all traffic enforcement agencies to apprehend motorcycle drivers who are transporting small children.
Their call was in the form of a resolution, which was passed in mass motion during last Monday’s session.
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Sponsored by PB Member Arleigh Jay Sitoy, the resolution said there are motorcycle drivers who intentionally allow children to ride, which exposes them to imminent risk to their lives.
Quoting Section 16 of the Local Government Code, Sitoy said, local government units should protect and promote the health and safety of the people. Public officials should also “ensure the basic health services to their inhabitants.”
In a separate interview, LTO 7 Director Raul Aguilos agreed that it’s really dangerous for little children to ride bikes.
He said they have already an existing circular “to that effect,” but there was a clamor from many LGUs to defer its implementation in order not to deprive children whose transportation is limited to motorcycles.
He said it would be very difficult for them to go to school especially in areas where there are no other modes of land transport.
He said that not only LTO can apprehend, but also its deputized officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) in every towns and all throughout Central Visayas.
The circular, he said, specifies children that are eight years old and below.
During the session, they also passed a separate resolution that urged mayors to apprehend drivers who use cell phones while driving because it can cause accidents.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 23, 2012.
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