December 11, 2016
As part of the efforts of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (iACT) to keep vehicles moving along Edsa during the peak of the Christmas rush, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) vowed to further intensify enforcement of traffic rules.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said traffic enforcers were instructed to make apprehensions on the ground to discipline motorists but in such a way that it will not hamper the flow of traffic. Violators not apprehended on the ground will still be issued traffic violation tickets through the No Contact apprehension.
In a meeting with traffic district heads held on Friday at the Metrobase, Orbos asked them to verbalize their concerns and recommendations on their respective areas of responsibilities. "They would know better what measures need to be done as they are the ones on the ground and are more familiar with their areas."
During the meeting, it was agreed upon that district officers will augment command and control on choke points along Edsa, between Timog and Ayala, starting today up to Christmas, as heavier traffic is expected during these times.
Also, to foster quick communication and response, additional hand-held radios will be distributed to traffic enforcers.
According to the MMDA chief, traffic district heads were urged to triple their efforts in traffic management.
The agency is also implementing the no day off, no absent policy on all its traffic enforcers starting December 21 to 24.