Oct 23, 2020

‘Clean Rider’ drive launched to fight crimes in PPC

City PNP chief PSSUPT Marion D. Balonglong places a sticker on a motorcycle to certify that it belongs to a Clean Rider, the present campaign of the police force to combat crime in the urban area.

The Puerto Princesa City Police Office (PPCPO) launched Friday the “Clean Rider” campaign to prevent motorcycle-riding suspects (MRS) from perpetrating crimes.

PPCPO director Senior Superintendent Marion D. Balonglong said the campaign is a nationwide anti-criminality project of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“Itong Clean Rider ay created ng ating national headquarter para i-solicit o kunin ‘yong cooperation niyo (ng public) for our anti-criminality program. ‘Yong pagma-maintain kasi ng peace and order ay hindi lang responsibilidad ng law enforcement office natin, responsibilidad nating lahat ito,” Balonglong said.

He said Clean Rider will help the PNP in tracing motorcycles from a hijacker since its sticker is registered in their database and attached only to the identity of the owner.

Private motorcycle owners take their oath to become responsible and law-abiding citizens.

The Clean Rider was launched at the PPCPO headquarters in Barangay San Pedro.

It will provide stickers to motorcycles that have been checked and verified by the PPCPO.

Among the event’s special guests was newly-designated Palawan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) director Senior Superintendent Dionisio Bartolome Jr., who said enrolling in the Clean Rider is proof that a motorist is a law-abiding citizen.

“Ito kasi ay against motorcycle-riding criminals [na] alam natin na hindi lang sa Metro Manila kundi halos sa buong nation ay nakaka-experience. Hindi man ganoon kadami dito sa atin, panaka-naka [lang], pero meron pa ring gumagawa ng krimen na ang ginagamit ay motorcycle,” said Bartolome.

Bartolome said having the Clean Rider sticker will help law enforcement personnel in facilitating checkpoints along national highways, especially during the election period.

Previously, PPCPO Station 1 spokespersons Insp. Rey Aron Elona explained that each Clean Rider sticker has a specific machine-readable or QR (quick response) code that can confirm the authenticity of ownership.

He said the QR code can help law enforcement officers and personnel to verify the identity of the motorcycle owner through the use of a scanner.

“Kapag na-scan namin ‘yong Clean Rider sticker and then ‘yong driver niya is hindi ‘yon ‘yong lumabas sa aming scanning profile, it means lang na may mali. Kailangang ipakita ng driver kung bakit siya ang may dala noong motor ng isang specific na tao,” Elona explained.

To date, PPCPO headquarters information officer Insp. Pearl Lamban-Marzo said they have already marked 18 private motorcycles with Clean Rider stickers and are evaluating 90 additional applicants.

Marzo urged the public to get their Clean Rider stickers by submitting the requirements such as certificates of motorcycle registration, official receipts, and driver’s license.

“Iyong ating mga kababayan na may mga motor, iniimbitahan po ng ating opisina na i-grab ang opportunity nitong programa natin, ang PNP Clean Rider campaign. Ito ay para sa kaayusan at katahimikan ng ating lungsod. Dalhin lamang ang mga requirements dito para mabigyan ng sticker,” said Marzo.

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