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Iloilo City collects P684K in fines in January

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Iloilo City’s Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) managed to collect nearly P684,000 in penalties in its first month of strictly implementing traffic laws and ordinances in the city’s Discipline Zone.

During this first month, PSTMO head Jeck Conlu said they made 2,483 apprehensions at the 14-kilometer stretch of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (Diversion Road) in Mandurriao district.

Among the top violations committed by motorists and pedestrians are illegal parking, obstruction, disregarding traffic signs, jaywalking and counter flow, according to Conlu (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/tdz-enforcement-rakes-in-more-than-p600k-in-fines/).

The city government officially designated Diversion Road as the city’s first TDZ last Jan. 16.

In designating discipline zones, city officials aimed to instill discipline in Ilonggos, and was in response to the evolving traffic congestion in several areas of the city.

Personnel from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 6 and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were tasked to patrol the area while PSTMO personnel were stationed for monitoring.

Conlu said their goal is not to increase the number of apprehensions in the TDZ but reduce the violations committed by the public.

He said the decrease in the number of violations committed by the drivers and the pedestrian would mean that the city’s first TDZ had been effective.

After Diversion Road, the city government is eyeing the McArthur Drive in Jaro district as the next TDZ.