Recent weeks have seen the increase in police visibility and law enforcement on the streets. Both in terms of actual manned presence, as well as no contact apprehension programs, it would appear that traffic rules and regulations are finally being implemented and enforced to a greater degree. On major thoroughfares, the Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) checkpoints have been a frequent sighting, with the agency ticketing traffic violators for multiple offenses. The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has also been doing its part in curbing traffic infractions by erring motorists.
While these efforts are admirable and indeed make the roads a safer place for both car and motorcycle riders alike, law enforcement has found itself a little undermanned when it comes to personnel stationed at major thoroughfares, keeping an eye on the traffic situation. In a bid to address this shortage of individuals, the PNP-HPG has opened its doors to volunteers who share the same passion for making the roads a safer place.
The PNP-HPG has extended an invite to all motorcycle riders to be part of their volunteer force multipliers. It doesn’t matter whether you ride a big bike, a scooter, or an underbone—so long as you pilot a vehicle registered as a motorcycle without a sidecar, you are eligible to apply to be a part of the PNP-HPG volunteer force multipliers. In order to apply, you must first register and become a member of the Full Spectrum Riders Association of the Philippines (FSRAP). This can be done by heading over to your nearest HPG office.
For NCR residents, this can be done by visiting the RHPU-NCR in Camp Crame. Additionally, a few documents consisting of a duly accomplished application form, barangay clearance, police clearance, and an endorsement from the regional HPG chief are required in order to apply. Of course, proof of ownership such as the motorcycle’s OR/CR, as well as your driver's license are required, as well. It’s important to note, however, that even if you do get in as part of the HPG’s volunteer force multipliers, under no situation at all will any volunteer perform any police work such as apprehending violators, or issuing tickets. Instead, volunteers are expected to log violations and report to deputized personnel for appropriate action.