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PNP-HPG to be deployed as gov’t gets tougher on illegal transport, parking

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THE PHILIPPINE National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) and several government agencies will intensify the crackdown on colorum vehicles and other causes of traffic congestion in the capital. The Department of Transportation (DoTr) signed a deal with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday to formalize the designation of the PNP-HPG as the enforcement arm of the agency. In a statement, the DoTr said the signed commitment requires the PNP-HPG to support the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (i-ACT) by deploying 300 uniformed personnel to provide logistical mobility within the National Capital Region. PNP-HPG head Chief Supt. Roberto Fajardo, in a press briefing at Camp Crame on Monday, said aside from cracking the whip on colorum vehicles, they will also “clear the main thoroughfares of illegal parking.” The other member agencies of I-ACT include the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Metro Manila Council, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulation Board, and the Philippine Coast Guard. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras and Denise A. Valdez