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Second ‘discipline zone’ in Quezon City launched

Posted by Abi Kwok on August 29, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:27:00 08/29/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government will intensify its crackdown on traffic violators as it expands its “SB (Mayor Sonny Belmonte) Discipline Zone” program to cover portions of Aurora Boulevard, particularly those traversing business and university districts, Belmonte said on Friday.

The 2nd phase of the discpline zone, launched last August 27, will cover 1 and ½ kilometers of Aurora Boulevard, beginning at the Elliptical Road in Quezon Avenue going towards Marikina city. Key roads covered by the discipline zone would include East Avenue, Katipunan Avenue, North Avenue, and the entire stretch of Cubao, one of the city’s bustling areas, Belmonte said.

Key government buildings and universities are within the vicinity of these areas and Belmonte said placing them under a discipline zone would highlight the importance of “obedience and respect for the law.”

“Small offenses lead to bigger offenses. For us to revolutionize peace and order in Quezon City, we have to cooperate,” he said on Friday.

Aurora Boulevard will be the second discipline zone in the city, the first one being the entire stretch of Commonwealth Avenue, an accident prone area that was turned into a discipline zone last April.

Apart from stricter traffic rules, street vendors, jaywalkers, “rugby boys,” and street children, among others, will also be prohibited from the discipline zone. Violators will either be imprisoned or fined, Belmonte said.

The second discipline zone will also aim to eliminate street vandalism, littering, vagrancy, and other “disorderly behaviors,” he added.

Magtanggol Gatdula, director of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), said more law enforcers would be placed in key areas covered by the discipline zone.

“We are confident to achieve similar feats in these areas where personal discipline of the people matters most. After all, just like other foreign countries, peace and order is maintained even without the presence of policemen or any other countries,” he added.

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