DAGUPAN CITY – The Land Transportation Office in Region I tightened the security on bus terminals because of the bombing incident in Davao last September 2.
Teofilo Guadiz, LTO Region I director, instructed all of its law enforcers from apprehension of eering motorists to enhancing security in bus terminals effective September 4.
Guadiz said the LTO enforcers were ordered to coordinate with the chiefs of police where the major terminals are located.
He said most of the LTO enforcers have sufficient skills in motor vehicle maintenance hence they are able to discern if there are “foreign and unusual” items in the public utility buses.
After the open markets, the malls and bus terminals are the most vulnerable targets of the Moslem extremist group, he said.
“Region 1 may be far from the area of conflict but there is a possibility that the violence may spill over here,” Guadiz said.
The LTO enforcers are instructed to conduct a random inspection of buses, specifically on the engine, the underneath chassis, and the license of the driver.
In the event that the LTO enforcer has a reasonable ground to believe that there is something peculiar with the bus or that the driver has a derogatory record with the LTO, he would notify the terminal manager and demand for a comprehensive inspection of the bus.
The LTO Operations Chief may require a change in the bus or the driver if the LTO enforcer is not satisfied with the result of the inspection.” The local police and the bus security personnel shall inspect the personal effects of the passengers.
“The paramount mission of LTO is to ensure order on the road. Certainly, ensuring the safety of the passengers from all possible harm is an adjunct of the primary directive,” Guadiz said.