The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) launched the Taxi Information Network and Byahedukado projects on road safety and security at Camp Domingo Leonor on Monday, November 23.

Dubbed as the “Taxi Information Network” project is DCPO’s response in support of Mayor Inday Sara Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) No. 41, “Encouraging Dabawenyos to Adopt the Culture of Security as Part of their Way of Life.”

DCPO Director PCol Kirby John Kraft said that this is an initiative to further remind Dabawenyos of the city’s campaign: “May Nakita? Dapat Magsalita!” by putting up stickers of their hotline numbers at the right portion of the interior windshield of taxis for easy access for both the passenger and taxi drivers.

DCPO’s hotline number 0916 659 2576 (Globe) and Dial 911 were launched for the project.

“Naglalagay tayo ng mga numbers upang malaman ng mga tao ‘yong hotline ng Davao City Police Office and ‘yong ating 911. Nang sa ganon ay makapagreport agad sila ng mga kahina-hinala o mga pangyayaring dapat ireport sa ating kapulisan (We are putting our numbers so that people will know DCPO’s hotline and our 911. So that they can report suspicious events immediately to the police,” he said.

The project is a partnership between the DCPO and taxi operators and their drivers. Atty. Rogelio Largo, President of the Taxi Operators Association Region 11 expressed full support and cooperation of his group to the project.

Kraft said that they chose to partner with taxi drivers since they are always on the ground and can provide real-time information on the road, especially during hot pursuits, dragnet operations, natural and man-made calamities, and emergencies.  

Largo said that around 4,200 taxi units are registered in their association, and they will put the stickers on all their members in support of the project.

Meanwhile, the “Biyahedukado” is an information campaign launched in line with Proclamation No. 8, declaring the month of November of every year as the ‘Road Safety and Road Crash Prevention Month’ in Davao City. 

Kraft said that the project aims to educate drivers and pedestrians on existing traffic laws and related ordinances to promote road safety and create awareness about road crash prevention. 

Safety reminders, especially on ‘Drunk and Drugged Driving’, and the adherence to the existing speed limit in the city as mandated in the EO 39 series of 2013 shall also be undertaken.

DCPO created information materials that will be distributed to barangays and police stations to further educate constituents in their respective areas. CIO