THE Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) continues to intensify its campaign against dilapidated public utility vehicles (PUVs) as it expands operations within the peripheries of Metro Manila.
Areas within Mega Manila such as Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Antipolo City in Rizal will now be subjected to the council’s “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” on-road inspection of Public Utility Vehicles.
“These areas affect traffic in the metropolis as most commuters coming from these provinces are working in Metro Manila,” said I-ACT Task Force Alamid head General Manuel Gonzales.
Gonzales also said the expanded operations in Mega Manila will be spearheaded by a 120-strong I-ACT composite team consisting of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), and Joint Task Force-National Capital Region personnel. The operations will be in close coordination with the respective local government units (LGUs).
According to Gonzales, “the primary concern of the council’s expansion of operation is to ensure the safety of riding public not only in the metro but in other areas of the country, as well, as it is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to modernize the public transport system nationwide.”
I-ACT head, Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure and concurrent MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos have likewise received requests from Cebu and Davao for i-ACT to bring its “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” operations in their cities but it has yet to commit as it is still strengthening its forces by adding logistics and manpower from member agencies.
Under the said campaign, the council will inspect the PUVs’ body (appearance), engine, lights, brakes, tires, horn, and battery. It will also conduct a smoke emission to check the vehicle’s road worthiness.