CCTO to educate habal-habal drivers on driving etiquette

February 28,2016 - 09:36 PM

The Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) wants to continue their education campaign for motorcycle for hire or habal-habal drivers in the city’s mountain barangays.

CCTO Acting Department Head Rafael Yap said they found the project, which they started last year, as effective considering that the main mode of transportation in the upland areas are motorcycles for hire.

“We found it very, very effective and very, very welcomed and we want it to continue as soon as we have a schedule. It’s effective in a sense that the reaction of the people is they say ‘ah, ingon ana diay na, dili diay dapat ingon ana,’” Yap said.

Their program is dubbed “CCTO sa Inyong Tugkaran” (CCTO at Your Doorsteps).

Included in the education campaign are basic driving etiquette, dos and don’ts when driving motorcycles and preventive maintenance of motor vehicles among others. Yap said their personnel have undergone trainings with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

Yap said they saw the need to educate the drivers in the mountain barangays considering that these areas are not reached by CCTO’s traffic personnel.

In 2015, CCTO was able to conduct seminars in 50 barangays. On average, there are 20 to 40 attendees in their seminars.

“We also made them understand the services we have in CCTO as well as what will happen to them if they are caught violating traffic rules in case they get to the lowland areas where there are already traffic enforcers,” Yap added.

Even if habal-habal drivers are not regulated by any government office, Yap said the CCTO is tolerating their presence considering that there is really no other efficient modes of transportation in the upland areas.

The seminars aims to address these problems and prevent accidents. /reporter jose santino bunachita

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TAGS: CCTO Acting Department Head Rafael Yap, Cebu City Transportation Office, habal-habal drivers

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