Dumaguete City will conduct this afternoon a public hearing at the Quezon Park on Republic Act 10054, or the Mandatory Helmet Act of 2009, due to concerns over its expected implementation.
The public hearing, to start at 2 p.m. will discuss features of the law on helmet use and measures to avert its implementation.
The hearing also aims to get public opinion on the mandatory helmet law although many local officials in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental have already openly declared opposition to the measure.
Expected to attend the hearing are Senator Ramon Revilla, Jr., principal author of the mandatory helmet law, City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, officials of the Land Transportation Office, hospital directors, presidents of colleges and universities, the provincial police director, the city police chief, members of the Highway Patrol Group, the provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry, barangay officials, the media and the general public.
Philippine National Police provincial director, Sr. Supt. Edward Carranza, had earlier announced the full implementation of the Mandatory Helmet Act this week, but the plan was aborted after a meeting with Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and LTO-Dumaguete district office chief Roland Ramos ended in an agreement for a one-month moratorium on its implementation.
The moratorium was to enable local officials and lawyers in the city and the province to study venues to seek an exemption from its implementation.
However, LTO Region 7 Director Raul Aguilos clarified that RA 10054 cannot be invoked or implemented in the absence of its Implementing Rules and Regulations, and pending DTI’s release of the standards for the type of protective helmet to be used.
Aguilos said that another law, RA 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines, also requires the use of protective head gear by motorcycle drivers and their backriders.*JFP
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