• Multi-agency action urged against road accidents


    BACOLOD CITY: A multi-agency approach to prevent fatal road accidents especially those involving trucks overloaded with sugarcane is urgently needed, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., said.

    “Time and again, we are reminded that non-compliance with the loading policy makes our roads unsafe and endangers the lives of motorists,” he said.

    Marañon was reacting to the death of a family of four on board a Hyundai Eon that was crushed on Thursday by a 10-wheeler truck loaded with sugarcane in Barangay Atipuluan in Bago City.

    Killed in the accident were: Romulo Espinosa, 59; his wife, Josephine 53; daughter Christine Espinosa Sarcia, 31; and grandson Vincent John Espinosa Sarcia, 4.

    “We see these violations repeated everywhere in the province. We cannot continue tolerating this loading abuse, otherwise we would unnecessarily lose more lives. I am therefore enjoining government instrumentalities to come together and revisit road safety measures to put a stop to the overloading of sugarcane trucks, among others,” the governor added.

    Earlier, teams from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Philippine National Police launched a campaign to apprehend overloaded trucks, especially those transporting sugarcane.

    The LTO-DPWH Anti-Overloading Teams are set to conduct mobile operations using portable weighing scales against overloaded trucks and trailers.

    Eugene Y. Adiong


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