GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) has started the deployment of enforcers with body-worn cameras as it moved to enhance transparency in its law enforcement operations.
Macario Gonzaga, LTO-Region 12 director, said Wednesday the enforcement teams of the region’s district and extension offices are now equipped with body cameras and already using them in their field operations.
The agency has seven districts and three extension offices in (Soccsksargen), which is composed of the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and North Cotabato, and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato.
Gonzaga said the move, which was based on a directive from their central office, is mainly intended to protect their enforcers from uncooperative and arrogant motorists.
He said there were previous incidents wherein their personnel engaged in arguments and conflict with the apprehended drivers.
It will also help speed up the necessary interventions by the agency for complaints and other concerns from motorists regarding their enforcement activities.
“We want our enforcement operations to be more transparent with the use of the body cameras,” he said in a radio interview.
The official said they earlier conducted training for their enforcers on the proper handling and the purpose of using the body cameras.
He said enforcers using the body-worn cameras are mandated to turn them on before they leave their offices to conduct field operations.
LTO-12 has installed three servers, one each at the regional office in Koronadal City and the district offices here and in Kidapawan City, that will store footage taken by the body cameras. (PNA)