BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
An ordinance institutionalizing the monthly recognition of outstanding traffic enforcers was passed on second reading recently by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.
Authored by Councilor Dindo Ramos, chairman of the SP Committee on Transportation and Traffic, the ordinance said traffic enforcers are mandated and obliged to strictly enforce traffic ordinances of Bacolod City, issuing citation tickets for violation of said ordinance, direct traffic, and maintain the safety of people who attend on the roads.
In the exercise of their duties and responsibilities, traffic enforcers are risking their lives directing traffic in the middle of the roads, taking into account the possibility of being hit by cars, jeepneys or trucks and facing reprisals from drivers apprehended or to whom citation tickets are issued, it said.
The ordinance said the purpose of this ordinance is to encourage and inspire traffic enforcers to continue performing their duties and responsibilities with utmost diligence and good faith despite the difficulty, danger and hazard they face each day.
It provides that the monthly outstanding traffic enforcers should be given recognition and awards which will be composed of but not limited to recognition plaques, medals, certificates and cash. A nominee will receive P1,000 each and the Most Outstanding Traffic Enforcer an amount of P5,000 as cash prize.
The awarding and recognition will be held during the second week of each month in a public place chosen by the city mayor to ensure that the outstanding traffic enforcers are recognized publicly, the ordinance added.*