Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista is calling on parents to pay extra attention to the safety of their children by not letting them ride overloaded tricycles.
The mayor likewise reminded parents to follow the Motorcycle Safety for Children Act, which prohibits children from riding motorcycles.
“Don’t put the life of your child in peril. The laws are there to safeguard public safety. With or without law enforcers, we should follow the law to the letter as these were enacted for the welfare of the public,” Bautista said.
The mayor has ordered Quezon City’s Department of Public Order and Safety to prioritize the safety of the students when more than two-million students begin to flock the streets for the opening of classes on Monday, June 5.
The DPOS has started deploying additional traffic constables in the city’s major thoroughfares such as Quirino Highway, Aurora Boulevard, Commonwealth and Katipunan Avenues.
DPOS constables will also be deployed in schools on Monday.
“Officers have been deployed and assigned to schools as early as 5 a.m.,” DPOS Traffic Operations Division assistant head Roselier Arbolado said.
The 413-strong DPOS traffic constables will be deployed all over key areas in the city as early as five in the morning and will be on hand until seven in the evening
“We’re on full force on Monday and no one is taking a day off. Our personnel will be there from the opening of the school gates to the time the kids go home, the whole day,” Arbolado said.
The QC Tricycle Regulatory Unit will also be inspecting tricycles and will apprehend overloaded tricycles.
DPOS is also prepared for any traffic congestion brought about by road repairs and maintenance, especially the construction of MRT 7.
DPOS has several reminders to the commuting public on Monday: keep the children safe, observe road discipline, don’t use smartphones while walking, and respecting road rules for drivers of jeeps and tricycles alike, Arbolado said.
For traffic concerns, the public can directly contact the QC DPOS at the following numbers: 0917-8446565, 0927-7126820 and landline 9242027.