Police, military men to undergo training on traffic laws, violations
DUMAGUETE CITY – Some 100 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Oriental will undergo a three-day training on the different traffic laws, rules and violations in preparation for their deputation by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Also, at least six soldiers from the Philippine Army will also be attending the training that will reel off Tuesday through Thursday at the Macias Sports Center in Dumaguete, said Sr. Supt. Mariano Natu-el, Jr., the OIC PNP provincial director of Negros Oriental.
Natu-el said on Monday that all police stations from the different towns and cities in the province will be sending their representatives to the training that will be handled by the LTO Regional Office 7 based in Cebu.
According to Natu-el, the training will enhance the knowledge of the police personnel on laws and rules and regulations related to traffic, considering that they will be applying afterwards for LTO deputation.
He said that right now, the PNP’s hands are tied and cannot fully implement laws on traffic violations as policemen cannot issue TOP in the absence of the deputation from the LTO.
TOP means Temporary Operator’s Permit, a citation document used in the apprehension of all violations to be issued to the apprehended vehicle or driver.
Until now, except for LTO regular personnel, there are no other LTO-deputized agents in the province.
Natu-el welcomes the upcoming training, saying it will hopefully reduce the number of road accidents in Negros Oriental once police personnel are allowed to implement traffic laws and issue TOPs.
Records show that of the total number of physical injuries cases in the province, 70 percent comprise traffic incidents, he added. (PNA)