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SUSPEND, REVIEW ‘NO CONTACT’ POLICY – BARBERS

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers, in his privilege speech, discussed the ‘No Contact Apprehension Policy’ (NCAP), and asked the House of Representatives to suspend it immediately for further review. 

Barbers stated that while the objective of the new policy is laudable, the NCAP’s implementation gave rise to more questions than answers. 

“What agency is in charge of the traffic rules in the National Capital Region?”

The veteran legislator said that queries on NCAP implementation need to be clarified, such as to what agency is in charge of the traffic rules in the National Capital Region (NCR). 

The seasoned lawmaker also questioned if there are enough road signs and warnings, and whether cameras can capture the alleged violator’s plate number at night or during heavy rains. 

Moreover, he also inquired whether violation citations are issued to government vehicles.

“With these questions, I ask the leadership (to) initiate actions to immediately effect the suspension of this NCAP until we have answered the questions to the satisfaction of the public,” Barbers stressed. 

“The policy underwent thorough consultation with the stakeholders in the QC local government.”

Meanwhile, Quezon City 3rd District Representative Franz Pumaren, former Councilor and the main proponent of NCAP in Quezon City, said that the policy underwent thorough consultation with the stakeholders in the QC local government. 

Pumaren also believes that the NCAP would instill discipline in motorists and that nothing should be a concern if motorists follow basic driving rules. 

However, the legislator agreed with Barbers that the NCAP implementation needs to be reviewed further before it can be implemented nationally. 

“The Honorable Barbers is right, we really have to fine-tune everything especially if we are going to adopt it on a national level. So konting polishing na lang, Mr. Speaker,” the lawmaker concluded.

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