Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo convened the Technical Working Group of the Discipline Zone yesterday for updates and strategies for the sustainable implementation of the program that underscores the need to clear the streets and sidewalks of obstructions, to decongest traffic and ensure safe travel.
The TWG reported to Remollo that 801 have been apprehended and penalized since the full implementation of the discipline zone from the northern city limit in Barangay Bunao up to Barangay Calindagan in the southern part of the city.
The majority of the offenses involved illegal parking with 738 citation tickets issued (with some motorcycles impounded), 59 were apprehended for smoking in public, and 4 for jaywalking.
Remollo recently approved the hiring of additional personnel and procurement of equipment to ensure sustainability of the program.
Enforcers admit the difficulty in dealing with recalcitrant and cantankerous motorists and pedestrians, many of whom are not even residents of the city.
The TWG said there are establishments that continue to defy repeated warnings to avoid using the sidewalks as an extension of their businesses. After citation tickets have been issued, the city will send a team that will assess the compliance of these establishments with the building code and probe the legitimacy of their operations, City Public Information Officer Dems Rey Demecillo said.*
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