Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo said he wants the entire stretch of the national highway, from north Barangay Bunao up to the south in Barangay Banilad to be designated as a discipline zone, after the police piloted only one segment, from Bunao up to the provincial Capitol area in Dumaguete.
He said that to effectively implement and enforce existing local ordinances and national laws within the designated discipline zone, a three-day training-workshop is scheduled January 29-31 for all those involved in the enforcement, including barangay tanods.
The first two days of the seminar will focus on pertinent laws to be applied in the discipline zone, and the third day will be the test run for the enforcement. After one week, full implementation will commence.
To date, unregulated and illegal parking along the national highway has been observed, in violation of Presidential Decree No. 17.
The city police, headed by Supt. Jonathan Pineda, said the Dumaguete's discipline zone will not only mean clearing the highways of obstructions to effect a free flow of traffic, but to make sure the sidewalks will not be used as vulcanizing shops, and display areas for tires, second-hand vehicles and motorcycles, and encourage residents living along the highway to maintain cleanliness in their perimeters.
Negros Oriental police director, Senior Supt. Edwin Portento, said the establishment of discipline zones is a project of the Philippine National Police in Region 7, and three discipline zones have already been established in Cebu.*JG
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