Drivers reminded to gear up, be fit before hitting the road this holiday

Marje Pelayo   •   December 21, 2018   •   1980

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) has reminded motorists to ensure good physical state before hitting the road and joining the holiday rush.

According to the HPG Director PCSupt. Roberto Fajardo, the volume of vehicles currently plying major roads in Metro Manila has spiked by 26% which makes motorists more prone to accidents.

The official said it must be a routine for drivers to check his or her ‘BLOWBAGETS’ before driving.

‘BLOWBAGETS’ is an acronym for a driver’s checklist and stands for battery, lights, oil, water, break, air, gas, engine, tire and self.

Fajardo noted an average of 29 road fatalities a day, based on HGP’s records thus, he advised motorists not to proceed if they feel that they are not fit to drive.

“Prepare yourself for a long ride. Have adequate sleep so you may be able to reach your destination. Kapag inaantok, huwag piliting i-drive (ang sasakyan). Igilid po para ma-secure mo ang sarili mo, ang mga kasama mo at ma-secure mo ang ibang nasa kalsada,” Fajardo reminded motorists.

He stressed that drunk driving is strictly prohibited among drivers.

Seat belts must be properly fastened and as much as possible do not overload your vehicle to avoid driving inconvenience.

“Ang mga Pilipino, pipilitin basta’t magkakasya to the point pati ang driver na hindi na makapag-drive nang matino kahit nagbabanggaan na ang mga siko,” he observed.

Fajardo also notes that engine brakes shouldn’t be blamed for an accident because they can be fixed ahead of time.

“Ang tao ang nagko-control ng sasakyan at tao rin ang nakakaalam kung ano ang roadworthiness ng sasakyan”, he added.

Based on records, human factor remains the top reason for road accidents this year with a total of 8,425 cases of bad overtaking; bad turning; over speeding; self-accident; drunk driving; using cellular phone; hit-and-run; and overloading.

Meanwhile, only a total of 320 incidents involved mechanical defects and 273 involved poor road conditions. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Notorious gun-for-hire leader, driver killed in Pampanga shootout

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

PAMPANGA, Philippines — A notorious gun-for-hire and his driver were killed in a shootout with authorities early morning Monday (January 18) in Pampanga.

Harry Mandahay, leader of the Mandahay gun-for-hire group, and Jeffrey Langilao, Mandahay’s driver and member of the same criminal group, met their demise in an encounter with members of the Highway Patrol Group and Bacolor Municipal Police Station.

The incident occurred around 2:99 a.m. Monday after the suspects’ car was cornered by mobile crews of the HPG’s Special Operations Division (SOD) and Bacolor Municipal Police Station along River Control Road in Brgy. Cabetican, Bacolor, Pampanga. 

“Refusing to surrender, Mandahay and Diamada got off their vehicle and opened fire at the operatives while attempting to escape, forcing our officers to shoot back and kill both suspects in the process,” explained HPG Director Police Brigadier General Alexander Tagum.

Recovered pieces of evidence from the crime scene include the suspect’s vehicle, a brown Toyota Corolla Altis registered to a different owner and listed as a Hold Order motor vehicle, a .45 caliber pistol, two .38 caliber revolvers, ammunition and spent shells, four plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, several IDs, and some mobile devices.

Tagum commended the efforts of the SOD personnel in coordination with the NCRPO, Bacolor MPS, Pampanga Intelligence Branch, and Pampanga 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company for the success of the operation.

MMDA tells motorists to brace for heavy traffic ahead of weekend rush

Marje Pelayo   •   December 20, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has advised motorists to prepare for heavy traffic situations starting Friday (December 21) amid the holiday rush.

MMDA expects the surge of passengers bound for the provinces in bus terminals tomorrow and the influx of last-minute shoppers in malls.

Friday night party events are also expected to contribute to traffic congestion especially in EDSA.

Based on the latest monitoring of the agency, the average speed recorded in EDSA nowadays is at 14 kilometers per hour which is expected to become even slower ahead of the weekend rush.

 “This is the last Friday. The most critical time talaga for Christmas are the two Fridays before Christmas…Maraming nagsasabi: “Last friday na ito. Maraming bibili,” Carmaggedon, diba? Expecting for the worst but hoping for the best. We will try to manage the best way we can,” said EDSA Traffic Czar Edison Nebrija.

Based on MMDA data, over 400,000 vehicles ply EDSA each day. This figure is way above EDSA’s road capacity of 288,000 vehicles.

For this reason, the MMDA calls on motorists to observe road discipline to avoid untoward incidents that can worsen the traffic situation in EDSA.

“Sana naman po sumunod naman tayo sa batas trapiko. Huwag na po kayong magmadali dahil sa bagal balewala po ang pagmamadali natin. Huwag nyo na pong isipin na kapag nasa isang lane kayo laging mabilis ang kabilang lane. Hindi po totoo iyon. Stick to your lane,” advised MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

HPG to make a come back on EDSA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 15, 2018

A member of the  Highway Patrol Group

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) is now preparing for their come back on major thoroughfares on EDSA.

According to HPG Director PCSupt. Roberto Fajardo, they are now coordinating with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Edgar Galvante for their return in manning the traffic situation on one of the busiest highways in Metro Manila.

Fajardo noted that the number of vehicles plying the roads of EDSA has now doubled its capacity of 140,000. EDSA is now holding over 360,000 vehicles every day.

According to a study conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA,) the country’s economy is losing up to P2.4 billion a day due to heavy traffic.

This is the reason why Fajardo wants to assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing traffic situation in EDSA and to help in the strict enforcement of traffic regulations as well as in apprehension of offenders.

“Ang HPG ay may coordination sa LTO sa violations sa mga sasakyan, traffic. I reported to Asec. Galvante, nag-usap kami. Talagang kailangan namin iyong deputization para makatulong kami to ease up the traffic. Pati iyong mga nababangga, we will see to it na parehas naming titiketan yun to serve as a lesson na pag nabangga ka ibig sabihin ay reckless ka,” Fajardo said.

(The HPG has coordination with LTO when it comes to traffic violations. I reported to Asec. Galvante and we had a talk. We really need deputization to help ease up traffic. In car accidents,  we will see to it that both parties get a ticket to serve as a lesson on reckless driving.)

Fajardo added that they will select the most able men to be deployed on EDSA who will undergo training.

“We will conduct first seminar, may exam pa yun. Di basta basta i-issue yung deputization ng LTO. You have to undergo seminar,” said Fajardo.

(We will conduct a seminar first  and then give an exam. We won’t just issue an LTO deputization. You have to undergo seminar.)

Fajardo, meanwhile, warned dismissal against HPG personnel involved in extortion and abuse of motorists. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

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