By Rjhay E. Laurea
PHOTO COURTESY OF PIA
QUEZON CITY — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Quezon City government assured the public that they will abide by the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court (SC) on the implementation of the No Contact Apprehension Policy (NCAP) in key cities in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The LTO, who earlier called on the NCR cities that have NCAP to suspend their operations, welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court while the Quezon City government reiterated that since the NCAP was implemented in the city, traffic violations were reduced to 93%.
“We welcome the decision of the country’s highest court in issuing a temporary halt to the policy. With this, the LTO, together with the LGUs, transport groups, and other concerned stakeholders will have more time to sit down and discuss issues related to the policy,” Transportation Assistant Secretary and LTO chief Atty. Teofilo Guadiz III said.
The LTO will continue to reach out to different stakeholders in crafting the guidelines for the access of LGUs to its information technology (IT) facility, pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 10930 and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR). The guidelines will facilitate the listing of demerit points for the issuance of 10-year validity of the driver’s license.
“Together, we hope to come up with a framework and set of guidelines that will make the tagging in the LTO IT facility of traffic violations more responsive, efficient, and appropriate to the motoring public,” Guadiz added.
The LTO likewise accepted the decision of the high tribunal enjoining the Agency from further sharing motorists’ information with the LGUs implementing the NCAP.
“One of the LTO’s main concerns from the very start regarding the NCAP was on the issue of data privacy and compliance to the country’s data privacy laws. We take the issue of data privacy seriously since it concerns motorists’ information, that is why coming up with appropriate guidelines on this matter with regard to the NCAP is very important,” the LTO chief explained.
Meanwhile, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte already said that they are open to suspending the implementation of NCAP if it is for the purpose of crafting a unified and consolidated system that is in accordance with the law.
“The Quezon City NCAP program has significantly reduced the traffic violations in the affected areas by 93%. It has shown that it instills a culture of traffic discipline among motorists and we believe that its implementation is legal and proper,” the QC-LGU said in their official statement.
“That being said, the Quezon City Government fully respects, and will abide by, the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by the Honorable Supreme Court regarding the implementation of the No Contact Apprehension Program (NCAP),” it added.
Other cities in NCR which implement NCAP are Manila, Valenzuela, and Paranaque. It is also being executed in Cauayan City, Isabela; Mandaue City in Cebu; and in the province of Bataan. (ai/mtvn)