November 12, 2016
In line with the initiative of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) to ease the traffic condition in the metropolis, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officials have personally overseen the implementation of road rules and regulations at Metrobase, the traffic monitoring center of the agency.
During the week, MMDA officials took turns in monitoring the traffic situation in the different major thoroughfares in Metro Manila and ensure that ground personnel act swiftly on road incidents.
MMDA officials have been monitoring the strict enforcement of the closed door policy for public utility buses to prevent these vehicles from wantonly unloading and loading passengers which have caused accidents and traffic snarls.
This weekend, MMDA trial tested the stringent implementation of the motorcycle lane policy not only to improve the traffic flow but also as a safety measure for motoring public.
The agency also adjusted some of the green fences and barriers on some roads in the metropolis as well as the removal of separators after a meeting with the Department of Public Works and Highways this week.
"We are unrelenting in our task to continuously improve the traffic condition in our roads. With this in mind, the public will expect more adjustments and modifications to come in the following days, " MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said.
Orbos said aside from different government agencies comprising I-ACT, the MMDA is also finding stakeholder-specific solutions to traffic in Metro Manila.
Last week, Orbos met with the Motorcycle Philippines Federation (MCPF) to discuss some proposals of the group regarding enfocement road safety rules particularly for motorcycle riders.
During the week, from November 7 to 11, MMDA traffic personnel apprehended 106 bus drivers for violating the closed door policy while a total of 481 motorists were cited for violating the number coding scheme.