Violators will be sent to jail.
This was the pronouncement of Las Pinas City Hall in the wake of BF Homes officials apprehending several motorists with fake Friendship Route stickers.
The Friendship Route sticker is a courtesy pass given by the local government to residents giving them access to pass through several Las Pinas villages.
Approved as an ordinance in 2006, the move was made to decongest the always-busy Alabang-Zapote Road (the city’s main thoroughfare) with the local government asking permission from certain Las Pinas villages to grant access to LP motorists who possessed the stickers.
Motorists need not pay for the sticker. They just need to show that their vehicle is registered in Las Pinas City and that they have proof that they live there as well.
For three times now since the passage of the ordinance, the Las Pinas City Hall has printed limited edition stickers and given them away to residents who applied for these stickers.
But apparently, these are not enough.
Several “business-minded” individuals have resorted to printing their own stickers and selling them for at least P500 each.
In a recent campaign against those selling and buying of the Friendship Route stickers, the BF Homes Federation of Homeowners Association, Inc confiscated a number of these fake stickers.
In an interview with the Public Information Office of Las Pinas City Hall, they said they are trying their best to stop the selling of fake stickers.
They have yet set a date for the next issuance of new Friendship Route stickers but they appealed to everyone to be patient and not to resort to buying fake stickers.
Motorists who are caught using fake stickers have to pay P500 for the first offense, P1,000 for the second offense and P3,000 on the third offense.
According to the LP City Hall, they have caught and charged some individuals for selling fake stickers and some of them are now in prison.
In an operation inside BF yesterday (Jan. 11, 2018), BF guards were able to confiscate around 20 fake or laminated (also not allowed since anyone can just transfer the sticker to other cars) Friendship Route stickers.
They said those caught are now banned from entering BF Homes.
Again, the Las Pinas City Friendship Route stickers are not for sale. They are given for FREE by the city government so do not patronize those selling counterfeit stickers.
Let us wait for an announcement from the Las Pinas City Hall on when a new batch of stickers will be available.