CPOC discourages sale, buy, use of full-faced helmets PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 August 2012 14:20

In the light of the spate of shooting incidents in the city, the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) yesterday afternoon approved to discourage the sale, purchase and use of full-face helmet in anticipation of the enactment of an ordinance limiting the use only of type “J” or open-face helmet for motorcycle drivers.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, CPOC chair, said the resolution authored by Councilor Jaime Cabato was prompted by the spate of shooting incidents in the city that were perpetrated by motorcycle-riding men.

The type “J” helmet is the open faced helmet and is expected to help deter the commission of crimes by motorcycle-riding men. It is also called the 34 helmet because of the reduction in coverage from the full-face helmet.

The approval of the resolution came after a 3-hour-long discussion on the implementation of Republic Act 10054 by the members of the CPOC in the presence of Land Transportation Office Regional Director Aminola Abaton and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial director Engr. Rolando Acuna.

RA 10054 mandates all motorcycles riders to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving and providing penalties thereof, in the city.

Mayor Lobregat deemed it proper for the CPOC to discuss the helmet law amid the diverse opinions and policies regulations concerning its implementation and the series of shooting incidents in the city.

The lengthy discussion on the helmet law enlightened the members regarding the different bases for its enforcement, the DTI policy on issuing ICC stickers to helmet owners and other succeeding orders and campaigns by the DTI as well as the LTO.

With the CPOC resolution approved yesterday, the City Council, is directed to come up with an ordinance disallowing the use of full face helmets and limiting the use only to type “J” or open face helmets.

Mayor Lobregat said the ordinance will be declared a priority ordinance following the necessary procedures such as the conduct of public hearings and other measures.

During the meeting, the CPOC chair presented a memorandum from DTI director in-charge Atty. Pedro Vicente-Mendoza for implementation by CWBRG undersecretary Zenaida Cuison-Maglaya on the subject “BPS Technical committee on road vehicles response to request for the revision of the helmet policy.

The memorandum specifically cites the request of the city of Zamboanga, as submitted by Mayor Lobregat sometime July.  It states that for “LGUs having unique security/ peace and order situations, we recommend that they explore all possibilities in the implementation of the law without compromising the safety of the majority, e.g. strict implementation of speed limits are mandated in RA 4138 sec 35(b) particularly for business centers and crowded streets, the setting up of checkpoints for checking the sobriety and identification of motorcycle riders, etc”.

Mayor Lobregat said after the CPOC meeting, a meeting with the other sectors such as motorcycle owners, helmet distributors and other sectors will also be held.

Meanwhile, the CPOC also approved a resolution directing the City Police Office, LTO to strictly implement the “No Plate, No Travel” policy in the city through the implementation of various innovations and measures in the wake of the crime incidents in the city.

On the other hand, the Council was also expected to discuss the prevailing peace and order situation in the city specifically the series of shooting incidents from January to this month.

Attending the CPOC meeting yesterday were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Mike Alavar, Percival Ramos, Cabato, Eddie Saavedra, Nonong Guingona, VP Elago, Myra Abubakar, Rey Candido and Cesar Jimenez Jr.; City Police OIC Director Col James Mejia and other members coming from various sectors of the city. —Sheila Covarrubias