Dagupan mayor lauds ‘TODA Rescue’ in support of anti-crime drive

DAGUPAN CITY — Mayor Belen Fernandez lauded the move of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in tapping the help of tricycle drivers and operators in the campaign against crime under “Oplan Lambat Sibat” in a project called “TODA Rescue”.

TODA, said Fernandez, means Tricycle Drivers and Operators Association.

The signing by different TODA presidents, the PNP represented by Police Regional Director Ericson Velasquez and the Land Transportation Office represented by Regional Director Atty. Teofilo Guadiz III was held Tuesday at CSI Stadia in Dagupan.

The MOA commissioned the tricycle drivers and operators to help in the PNP’s Lambat-Sibat Program in curving the proliferation of criminal activities in several areas by providing information to the police on the ground as they travel in the streets.

This the first of its kind in the country but Police Regional Director Velasquez said this will be adopted, too in other provinces of Region 1 and in various parts of the country.

The signing was witnessed by former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

Joining him in witnessing the signing were Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia, Senior Supt. Rolly Saltat, officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan Police Office; Dagupan City Chief of police Supt. Christopher Abrahano, the Dagupan People’s Council president Liberato Reyna Jr. and former Alaminos City mayor Hernani Braganza.

They were also joined later by Pangasinan Third District Rep. Baby Arenas and Third District Rep. Marilyn Agabas.

Secretary Roxas lauded the project which aims to bring about more stable peace and order in the streets and homes in the communities. PNA