The regional director of the Land Transportation Office met with government officials of the cities of Bacolod, Silay, Talisay, Bago and the town of Murcia yesterday on their request for the deputization of the traffic enforcers in their areas.
Dennis Singson said only permanent employees performing law enforcement and traffic management functions can be deputized a traffic enforcers. Casuals and job order employees cannot be deputized because they do not have accountability, he said.
So long as they have accountability, they can be deputized because the Temporary Operator's Permit they will be issuing to violators is an accountable form and subject to audit by the Commission on Audit, Singson said.
If something happens to the TOP, the deputized enforcer will be held accountable for it, he said.
But if a casual employee loses the TOP, they have no accountability because they are not permanent or regular employees. The TOP has monetary value and a stub of TOP is worth P10,000 to P15,000, he added.
Singson said there are about 20 to 30 traffic enforcers who are regular employees of the Bacolod City government and they will be trained before their deputization.
If a deputized enforcer abuses his authority to apprehend an erring motorists, he can be sued before the Civil Service Commission and before the Ombudsman, and can even be suspended by the local government unit, he said.
They will act on the request of the concerned local governments and deputize traffic enforcers they have recommended, Singson added.
During a separate meeting with Bacolod Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez yesterday, Singson said they will conduct a deputization seminar in the province and Lopez will help them arrange for the venue and the date.
Singson said that during the seminar, they will show the duties and responsibilities of the deputized traffic enforcers and their accountabilities, and under which law they can be prosecuted.
He said that if they commit offenses such as abuse of authority or misconduct, among others, they can be held administratively or perhaps criminally liable.
Singson said the deputization of traffic enforcers will serve as a force multiplier for the LTO since they are undermanned.
But the one who will be directly benefitted is the LGU as the deputized agents now can regulate traffic with more effectiveness and will have more teeth because of the authority to use the TOP.
He said the funds generated from the TOP goes directly to the national government and not to LTO.
Singson and Lopez, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Transportation, met in Manila two months ago for the latter’s request for the deputization of traffic enforcers in Bacolod City.
They have already completed the training of their trainers and are now preparing the modules to be used in Bacolod City, he said.
This will be the first module to be used in Region VI because the module that was used before came from the Central Office. This new module is really intended for Region VI, he said.
Bacolod City Administrator Rolando Villamor said that the deputization of traffic enforcers is a good development since this will truly help regulate the traffic flow in Bacolod City.*CGS