By Yas D. Ocampo
Davao City – Around 15,000 jaywalkers have been apprehended by the anti-jaywalking unit of the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) since the measure was implemented in December last year.
Donald Estoquio, inspector at the CTTMO said that most of the violators were arrested at the City Hall/San Pedro area despite the presence of at least four pedestrian lanes fronting the San Pedro Square.
However, Estoquio said that the citations will only be issued as soon as the tickets have been printed out by the local government.
The release of citation tickets could be by April, depending on whether the tickets are approved, printed, and distributed to the CTTMO personnel.
At the moment, there are 19 anti-jaywalking personnel from the CTTMO roaming the city’s major streets.
These include, aside from San Pedro Square, illegal crossings at the SIR area of MacArthur Highway, as well as non-crossings across NCCC Mall in Maa and along JP Laurel.
The violators are apprehended but are only required to attend a seminar at the CTTMO near SIR.
The administration of Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio revived the crackdown on jaywalking at the beginning of her term as part of her Byaheng Do30 policy campaign.
Byaheng Do30 has 30 projects across various areas that ensure inclusive benefits for all Dabawenyos.
However, Duterte said that the full implementation of the Traffic Code, in which jaywalking is encompassed, may only be done when the necessary facilities such as repainted sidewalks are available.
Earlier, the CTTMO for its part is asking the city government for P15 million for the painting of the city’s 36 crucial intersections as part of the traffic signalization maintenance program for 2017.
CTTMO logistics officer Samuel Pagkaliwagan said the system repair is worth P36 million including other components of the project.
The same amount was allocated to the department in 2016.
The anti-jaywalking ordinance prohibits pedestrians from crossing in non-designated roadway.
Ordinance No. 778 Series of 1973 or the Jaywalking Law requires violators to undergo a seminar or perform community service as penalty.
Amended in 1992, the jaywalking ordinance became controversial during its initial implementation in the city’s bid to force people to use pedestrian lanes in crossing the streets.
Apprehended violators were brought to holding areas where they were given lectures after being booked for violation.