November 26, 2022

Bokod, Benguet will soon require dump trucks and other vehicles to properly cover their load or cargo to prevent spilling on the road.

The municipal council through the Anti-load spillage Code said operators and/or drivers of dump trucks and other vehicles are required to properly cover their load.

“The municipal government’s thrust is to uphold all public thoroughfares within its jurisdiction as a clean zone for all transportations and pedestrians as well, that should provide any measures to prevent damages, untoward accidents and inconveniences to all,” the ordinance reads.

The ordinance covers all public roads, streets, and other thoroughfares in the municipality.

Those found without covering or unsecured cargo will be fined P500 while the driver or operator will also be fined P1,000 for the spillage of loads on public roads.

Also, any violator shall be responsible in cleaning up the spillage at his own expense even to the extent that the “public thoroughfare has been rendered unsafe, unhealthy, inconvenient for utilization and beneficial use.”

In case an emergency cleanup operation is needed and the violator fails to immediately implement it, the proper implementing office shall conduct the cleanup operation.

“Expenses incurred in the said operations shall be reimbursed by the violator,” it stated.

The Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, Municipal Engineering Office, Philippine National Police, barangay officials and tanods or any other persons authorized by the mayor will enforce the ordinance.

The ordinance is under review by the provincial board. – Ofelia C. Empian