Renewal of HPG-12 deputation order still pending, says LTO 12

The Highway Patrol Group (HPG) personnel in Region 12 are still not authorized to apprehend motorists violating traffic rules as the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Region 12 has yet to renew their deputization.

During the Kapihan sa Bagong Pilipinas event held in Koronadal City on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, LTO 12 Regional Director Melharrieh Tomawis stated that there are still issues to be resolved within the HPG before they can be deputized again to assist in enforcing traffic laws.

"We must admit, there are still issues that some HPG personnel are facing, which is why we cannot grant their deputization yet. These need to be resolved first," Tomawis said.

It is recalled that some HPG personnel have been accused of corruption following complaints from affected motorists. Due to this, the LTO decided to temporarily suspend their deputization while waiting for the issues to be addressed and resolved within their ranks.

Tomawis also acknowledged that their personnel numbers are insufficient to monitor the streets against errant motorists. "Currently, we have limited personnel, making it challenging to meet all the demands on the road," he added.

For now, the LTO is working with the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel to enforce traffic rules at checkpoints on national highways. These PNP personnel have been given the authority to apprehend traffic violators to ensure safety and order on the roads.

"We will continue to collaborate to ensure road safety. We will not allow reckless motorists to cause danger," Tomawis concluded.

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