3:30 and the PNP on National road south of robinsons have a checkpoint....
Naa, it did not happen!!! I heard today that it has been postponed for one month because some groups have complained that there are not enough Helmets on stock and also the people need time to rise the money. So we will eagerly await the coming month and I can not miss to think of all the lives that will be miserable because there is another month of driving helm-less...
Yaa Cool. Just fun!!! Just wear a helmet.
Originally Posted by ReBelBiKeR
I was just chatting with my gal today on how many drivers would be left if all driving laws were enforced and all drivers were expected to pass the exam and driving test in Dumaguete. We ranged between 10-15% of drivers would be left on the road in our opinions. Sounds like good business for Trike driver's except that there would be less then 10% of the trikes left on the road too!
My gal just went through the seminar today and is telling me all about it and the exam that everyone at LTO paid to avoid along with paying to avoid the driving test. After all by the driving test for MCs the popular type "Honda Wave" isn't classified as a MC and you actually have to pass with a clutch MC... of course pay your extra "fee" and no exam or driving test required.
Check Point in Front of Robinson Mall Tonight information gathered
I just passed through the check point at Robinson Mall about 15 minutes ago.
The LTO Officer was very nice. He asked for paperwork, Driver's license and Motorcycle information. After looking at my PH. Drivers license, I was moving toward pulling out the paper work from the side battery area on my Yamaha 125 YBR, and he said don't bother just carry it in your wallet next time. The Yamaha 125 YBR does not have an easy access storage area.
I asked about whether they were checking for lights and mirrors, and he said yes and issuing citations.
I asked about when he expected the helmet law implementation, and he said about a month from now.
I asked about the helmet stickers, and he said from him there would be too many fake stickers and if it was a good helmet that is all the matter to him (the next guy may be different). He did not want to sort out the fake from real stickers.
I had recently picked up my motorcycle license plate, and the sticker was not available yet. He never noticed but he did get confused about me asking about the helmet sticker and said they the motorcycle license stickers could be picked up at LTO if you brought in all the paper work.
All went well except that he did not realize my GF only spoke Tagalog, which made him wonder why she had not responded. He was courtesy to me as a foreigner, and she said he was courteous to her also. I think a clean new, well maintained motorcycle helps the process.
I assume the opinions expressed by him was his, not the LTO agency as a whole.
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Not much of a conflict. One is from a US news site and the other from the local new site for Negros Oriental. In this case I'd go with the local paper vs the US paper trying to do world news as the US news of such arrives very late.
Originally Posted by firefly
The US one has nothing to do at all with the states.
It is a domain-name sounds like that but that's where any kind of connection ends.
Buy a domain, make a header, set up wordpress, install some software and feeds, basically done... work 2 days if you are slow...
It is a is grasped content (probably automated) from a locally made press release... "journalists" or whatever those local guys should be called submitting their stuff to a press-release service and online-news grasp whatever they need from hundreds of options (most of them just faked to earn some peso on advertising) .
Philippines News Agency is an example where you can get those kind of articles and tons of content as a subscriber,
Here the last article about the helmet law (source)
DUMAGUETE CITY, Jan. 26 (PNA) – Members of the City Council of Dumaguete on Wednesday afternoon assured constituents of a united move to find legal measures to stay the impending nationwide implementation of Republic Act 10054 or the Mandatory Helmet Act, which is due to take effect sometime in the middle of this year.
A public hearing Wednesday, presided by Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, in aid of legislation to get a feel of public opinion, showed the divided and different interpretations of the now seemingly controversial law which majority of the motorcycle-riding public in Dumaguete are strongly opposing.
Some city councilors were for the use of motorcycle helmets by drivers and their riders for protection and safety reasons, while others were against it. However, all were consistent in assuring that observations and concerns raised by a cross-section of society will be collectively forwarded to the national government agencies concerned, specifically to Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., in a bid to find a win-win solution for Dumaguete City.
Many of the concerns also raised by civilians and the general public in the same activity focused on the “impracticality” of the law, noting the city streets were narrow and speed limits were much lower as opposed to the highly urbanized areas, and the socio-economic impact on families with the costs of standard protective helmets ranging between P700 to P5,000.
Sen. Revilla, principal author of RA 10054, was invited to the public hearing but failed to attend, apparently due to the ongoing Senate impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Among the possible moves to be taken in the coming days include a survey on who were for or against the said law, a petition to have it revised or crafted according to the local prevailing situation or making it optional for motorcyclists in a city with slower speed limits, a plebiscite, and even the acquisition of a Temporary Restraining Order.
Vice Mayor Cordova pointed out that the announcement last week by Philippine National Police provincial director Sr. Supt. Edward Carranza that RA 10054 will be enforced on January 26 came as a surprise to the majority, especially as the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the said law had not yet been released.
Because of such announcement, Gov. Roel Degamo met sought a one-month “moratorium” until February 19 for the execution of the latest helmet law while legal minds study it and find measures to have Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental exempted from it.
However, the February 19 deadline for the so-called moratorium has become irrelevant now that the IRR of RA 10054 has been released, as specified in a joint Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)-Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Administrative Order No. 2011-01, series of 2011, said Cordova.
A copy of the order was only acquired by the City Council, through Councilor Dr. Noel de Jesus, at noon Wednesday, through a publication in the Classifieds Section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Banking on a provision in the IRR that provides for a six month period from the time of publication in two national dailies for an information and education campaign on it, the city legislators believe that other laws, decrees, orders, rules and regulations on helmet use would no longer apply.
Prior to RA 10054, the Land Transportation Office and its deputized agents, to include members of the Philippine National Police and civilians employed by local government units for traffic law enforcement, were using as reference Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code and a DOTC Administrative Order 2008-015.
Vice Mayor Cordova stressed that all conditions must be present before a law can be implemented, as this is the essence of democracy.
A second objective of the public hearing was to get public opinion on the mandatory helmet law and note down the sentiments of the people, said Cordova.
According to him, while many are supporting the law on helmet use, he believes majority of the motorcycle-riding public in Dumaguete will be bearing the socio-economic impact once the law is enforced.
Standard protective helmets with the ICC/PSA mark cost from P600 to P5,000 and even the cheapest approved brand would be heavy on the pockets of many, Cordova noted.
The vice mayor, however, admitted that the city council has certain limitations in raising a united objection against the mandatory helmet law with the national government.
Nonetheless, Cordova assured that city councilors will be united in their effort to bring the voice of their constituents to the proper authorities.
“We will show that the city council has the political will,” said Cordova. But, instead of standing up for the law, “we will change that political will to stand up for what is right, and see if the law is the right one for us”. (PNA)
Last edited by Rhoody; 01-27-2012 at 04:48 AM.
Ahh alright I see. Looked to me from an article from vegas or some such hehe.
Personally I'm for the implementation as in a way while I personally don't like helmets and gets annoying carrying a helmet around.
As far as the social economic impact... one can afford 40-50k for a motorcycle, money for gas, money for repairs, and so forth.... but they can't afford 600-800p for a cheap helmet? They should have been saving. Driving to me is a priviledge and not a right. It has requirements for the safety of those driving, riding, and the public and if one cannot meet those either ride a trike or get used to walking.