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Luluwag na kaya? Iloilo creates QRT for traffic

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Will this help address Iloilo City’s perennial traffic woes?

New quick response teams have been formed to monitor and respond to traffic-related incidents in the city, especially those after 5 p.m.

Public Safety and Transportation Management Office head Jeck Conlu and Task Force Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structures head Bob Dumanil will lead the response teams.

Mayor Jose Espinosa III said the QRTs will use one of the city’s two new patrol vehicles to apprehend traffic violators (New QRT will monitor traffic-related incidents in the city).

City Administrator Hernando Galvez said Espinosa formed the QRTs to ensure effective services and to prevent abuses by government officials and offices.

Galvez added the QRTs will have a different function from the Customer Care Center.

Figures from the Iloilo City Police Office showed 67 percent of the total crime volume in the city involves traffic-related incidents.

“If we can control/address the number of traffic related incidents we can significantly decrease the Average Monthly Crime Rate in the city,” said former ICPO director Senior Superintendent Henry Biñas.

Biñas now heads the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6’s Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division.