Operations of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) are in full swing and, as the months go by, the agency is further intensifying their efforts across the nation.
From its reactivation in September 2017, the initiative is active in places in Rizal, Cavite, Pampanga, Laguna, Boracay, Caticlan, Davao, Cebu, and Pangasinan. For the first quarter of 2018, a registered 99% increase in apprehensions have been made with infractions ranging from colorum vehicles, illegal parking, and out of line violations. Add to this the Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok operations and the tally of apprehended motorists soared to 4,132 from January to May 24 alone; a whopping 99.9% increase from only 1,379 from September to December last year.
“With i-ACT’s intensified and wider scope of operations, we are able to double our apprehensions compared to last year. Though it is a significant achievement for us, it is also a bit disappointing to see the number increase as years go by,” Department of Transportation Undersecretary and i-ACT overall head Tim Orbos said. Despite the numbers, there is still a lot to be done to solve the country's worsening traffic woes.
Following directives from the Office of the President, numerous programs and campaigns have been launched and implemented by I-ACT. Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok aims to get old and outdated vehicles off the streets while Libreng Sakay is a transport service for those affected by the old vehicle cleanse. Colorum vehicles, on the other hand, are the subject of Task Force Kamao. Making use of technology and Facebook, I-ACT also launched Sumbong Bulok, Sumbong Usok where the public can report various traffic violations through the i-ACT Facebook Messenger.
“These initiatives are testament to our determination that there is no let-up in our goal towards having safer roads,” Orbos said. He also expressed his gratitude for i-ACT personnel for their dedication to perform their duties in order alleviate commuters’ burden and instill discipline among motorists.
The i-ACT is composed of the Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and PNP-Highway Patrol Group.