Calizo cmte looks into complaint vs RTA

THE City Council committee on roads and traffic management chaired by Councilor Romeo V. Calizo during its recent meeting discussed the special report of Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya during the regular session on October 4, 4021 relative to the incident involving an RTA personnel and a business owner whose stocks were confiscated without the required issuance of Ordinance Violations Receipt (OVR).

According to the complainant, the incident took place along the sidewalk fronting TH Cagayan building at JR Borja St. during RTA clearing operations at Cogon Public Market around 1:00 PM on Sept. 23, 2021.

He claimed that his stocks, consisting of various cellphone accessories worth P10,000, were confiscated by RTA personnel and thrown deliberately inside their parked vehicle unmindful that these will be damaged and can no longer be sold.

To answer the said allegation, a representative of the RTA explained that the act was not done by the clearing team to demoralize the businessman but mainly to evade the resistance of the vendors and possible untoward commotion in the said area.

For his part, RTA Assistant Department Head Engr. Nonito Oclarit assured the businessman that the confiscated items are properly stored and kept by the department.

These may be redeemed anytime upon payment of the corresponding administrative fine, he added.

With this, Calizo directed the RTA to come up with a manual on the enforcement of clearing operations.

“Makasabot pud ko sa RTA kay maipit man (sila) between strict implementation of the provisions especially at times (when) there is difficulty for our enforcers to interpret (the law). Their security and safety (must also be considered) and of course the understanding also of the rights of every individual,” the councilor manifested.