Marikina-Infanta highway now under close watch

The Marilaque (Marikina-Rizal-Laguna-Quezon) Highway — a stretch of road that has gained notoriety for its various motor vehicle accidents, injuries, and in some cases death —will now be policed by the newly formed Task Force Marilaque.

The group is composed of the Trail Club Association of the Philippines (TCAP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and barangay officials.

The road safety campaign, launched today, has put up warning signs along the route, indicating the speed limit: 50 km/h.

Task Force Marilaque formed to enforce road safety

There will also be deployed officers and roving patrols to verify that any riders plying it will be checked that they are wearing the proper attire and equipment for riding a motorcycle, not overloaded, are duly licensed, and the motorcycles are registered. The road safety campaign will also be on the lookout for speeding or overloaded 4-wheeled vehicles. To properly enforce the speed limit, officers deployed in the area will be equipped with speed guns.

The Marilaque Highway has become a popular route and destination of late, due to the road’s challenging curves, scenic vistas, cooler climate, and wide variety of restaurants and resorts. The road is frequently traversed by motorcycles of small and large displacements, car clubs, performance cars, off-road vehicles, and downhill skateboarders.

However, the challenging nature of the curves and lack of road discipline enforcement have encouraged some riders and drivers to go above the legal speed limit. Accidents have resulted from illegal races, miscalculations, and overloading, leading to collisions, injuries, destruction of property, and in some cases death. To support this, the municipality of Tanay has reported that in 2017, some 199 accidents have occured but only 7 were in the blotter. So far in 2018, 107 accidents have occured, but only 7 are in the blotter.

Task Force Marilaque formed to enforce road safety

The task force hopes to reduce this with large posted signs as reminders, a strictly enforced speed limit, and visible police presence to verify that all those traversing the road are duly licensed and registered.

In the longer term, the task force also hopes to have more street lights installed, have more outposts, as well as have more medical teams on standby.

It is an association of various 4x4 clubs from around the country, such as the 4X4 Adventure Team Ph, FJ Cruiser Owners Philippines, Mustang 4x4 Club, Supercars 4x4 Offroaders, TRT Team Royale trails, Land Rover Club of the Philippines, Jeep Club Philippines, Montero-Strada Trail Team - MSTT, Team Giba PH, FJ Cruiser Cebu Jeep Owners Club - Cebu, FJ Cruiser Davao, and Davao Eagles Offroaders.