THE Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management (TFTTM) yesterday issued stricter anti-traffic policies concerning truck ban exemptions and rampant usage of its enforcers and LGU-owned vehicles as funeral escorts.
These latest policies came out as part of the continuing compliance of the QC government to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive and DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-121 to clear all public roads for 60 days.
As part of the compliance and intensified efforts of the QC government to the 60-day ultimatum, QC traffic czar and head of the TFTTM, Atty. Ariel Inton, yesterday announced that upon the instruction of City Mayor, Josefina “Joy” Belmonte, “all truck ban exemptions issued by previous administrations were all revoked.”
Inton said that instead of serving its purpose to ease traffic along major thoroughfares, national and local roads and Mabuhay lanes, they have learned that “many of the trucks listed for exemptions are actually used for private constructions rather than government projects.”
Inton insisted, “It’s funny how private construction firms lie under their nose and use government projects as justifications for their exemptions especially during traffic rush hours in the city.”
The QC TFTTM also said that being the biggest city in Metro Manila in terms of land area, all available resources are being utilized in order to meet the deadline set by the President and the DILG. The anti-traffic task force already notified all traffic enforcers under the Department of Public Order and Safety, that starting August 27, 2019, they shall no longer be deployed or allowed to extend escort assistance during funeral march.
Inton noted that the TFTTM started to prohibit city-owned vehicles and traffic enforcers from serving as mere funeral escorts because these resources and equipment are supposed to be fully utilized in the full implementation of the directives of the President.
He also said that he will not allow a single personnel of the LGU to be generating extra income from resources owned by the QC government while the others are focused on implementing the 60-day clearing operations. Inton promised that heads will surely roll once he proves that these systems will continue under his watch.