PNP Highway Patrol Group returns to EDSA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019   •   250

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 150 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) are again deployed along the stretch of Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

Of the said number, 30 officers were among the teams that provided road security in the recently concluded 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games).

The HPG will assist the local government units (LGUs) in directing the motorists from EDSA towards the inner roads to decongest traffic.

“Ang mga chokepoints po at traffic points na identified natin ay naglalagay tayo ng pulis doon additional (team),” explained HPG-NCR P/LtCol. Wilson Doromal.

(We deploy additional police personnel at choke points and traffic points.)

“Together with NCRPO, nagko -coordinate kami sa mga district director, (we coordinate with the district director),“ he added.

The HPG also encourages private motorists to take Mabuhay lanes as alternative routes to ease the traffic flow on EDSA. – MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

Authorities nab over 170 vehicles in anti-colorum operations in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 5, 2020

Over 170 vehicles were apprehended during the one-time big-time anti-colorum operations of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The operation was conducted in 15 areas in Metro Manila on Tuesday evening (February 4).

According HPG Director PBGen. Eliseo Cruz, it was carried out under the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa.

“[There was] cooperation [with the] LTO [and] HPG to train our personnel [so] eventually our HPG personnel will deputize with the LTO, to implement to enforce traffic law and regulation,” he said.

Apprehended vehicles include those with no plate number and those using unauthorized blinkers. Authorities also apprehended overloaded trucks.

Among the over 300 trucks inspected, 78 of them were overloaded. Meanwhile, 68 vehicles received temporary operations permit due to various violations including not wearing a helmet or seatbelt.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

DPWH: EDSA traffic congestion to be reduced by 20-30% in 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the traffic congestion on EDSA might be reduced by 20-30% as several infrastructure projects are set to be completed by 2020.

The DPWH said that once the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is completed by April, there would be a reduction of around 100,000 vehicles on EDSA.

This is apart from the 30,000 trucks set to be reduced once the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 opens in March.

“With the second half of this year, we will relieve EDSA of 20-30 percent. Malaki po ang (There is a lot of) improvement in EDSA and for the first year, starting this year and in subsequent years, we will see continued improvement along EDSA,” according to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

The department official also believes that once all the infrastructure projects are completed, EDSA’s vehicle capacity might return to 280,000 vehicles. At present, there are around 400,000 vehicles plying along EDSA everyday.

“I can say at this point, we will deliver in the promise to bring back EDSA to its original capacity,” Villar said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

27,000 police to be deployed in coming SEA Games

Maris Federez   •   November 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has laid the security measures it will implement in the coming Southeast Asian Games.

PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said 27,000 police personnel will be deployed in ensuring peace and order in the event, to be assigned in the game venues, in convoys, and in hotels where delegates and heads of states will be billeted.

“Ang mabibigay nating assurance sa ating mga kababayan ang lahat ng mga delegado, atleta lalo na ang mga dayuhan ay may kaukulang security coverage at tinitiyak natin ang seguridad para sa lahat,” Banac said.

Of the 27,000 police officers, 18,000 will be coming from Metro Manila, while the rest will be coming from Central Luzon (Region3), Ilocos Region (Region 1), and in Calabarzon (Region 4-A).

They will be composed of personnel from the Quick Reaction Team and the Explosive and Ordnance Division.

K9 sniffing dogs will also be deployed in the venues.

The Police Security and Protection Group will be assigned to the security of the VIPs and delegates, while the PNP-Highway Patrol group will take care of the convoy and route security.

“Kabibilangan din ito ng presidential security group dahil may mga head of states na darating at dadalo sa opening,” Banac said.

Banac also assured that police visibility in other parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces will not be affected in assigning some of their personnel in the SEA Games.

“Sa ngayon ay wala tayong natatanggap na ano mang banta sa ating seguridad ngunit nananatili tayong nakaalerto at mapagmatyag sa ano mang magiging kaganapan at tinitiyak natin sa ating mga kababayan na handa ang pnp na tumugon kung ano man ang pangangailangan o emergency sa panahong ito,” he added.

Pre events for the SEA Games will start on November 23, with the formal opening to happen on November 30 in Bulacan. The Southeast Asian event will end on December 11. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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