TRAFFIC COPS TO ARREST VIOLATORS
BY ROGER BALANZA
Davao City traffic implementers are digging up from the graveyard of unimplemented local legislation a law slapping penalties on jaywalkers.
The Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance approved by the Davao City Council 25 years ago, during the first term of then Mayor now President Rodrigo Duterte, was only briefly implemented after sparking controversy and its legality questioned before the court.
The Anti-Jaywaking Ordinance is is embedded in City Ordinance 778 also known as the Comprehensive Transport and Traffic Code of Davao City.
Ordinance 778 provided for marked pedestrian crossing lanes for human traffic and Yellow Boxes where public utility vehicles can load and unload.
Part of City Hall’s Hapsay Dalan Project then headed by Councilor Aristeo Albay to tackle the city’s chaotic traffic situation, the campaign against jaywalkers sparked controversy as violators went to court to question their detention while being booked at a holding area at the Rizal Park for the public to ogle at.
In a case filed against the ordinance, a lawyer charged City Hall officials of human rights violations after he was corralled at the holding area.
The holding center became a local sensation as hundreds of violators were held everyday at the
roped shed at the Rizal Park beside City Hall.
The Davao City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) said the Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance will be fully implemented starting December 1, according to Rodelio Poliquit, head of the bureau, in a report in SunStar Davao.
We will definitely arrest the jaywalkers, said Poliquit, a retired police officer.
But the controversial jaywalkers’ holding area may no longer be part of the implementation.
Poliquit said violators will be penalized with four hours of community service on top of a P200 fine.
Poliquit said CTTMO is reviewing other sanctions to be slapped against violators under the Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance.