January 19, 2017
MMDA Taps Its Support Units’ Personnel/Private Sector Volunteers for Traffic Deployment
To fill in the much-needed work force to man and direct traffic on the roads in the metropolis, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has begun tapping its enforcement support units’ personnel to do the field work.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said the agency badly needs field personnel, particularly traffic enforcers, to man and direct traffic flow on the streets and to strictly continuously implement the several road measures and schemes, including the Nose-In/Nose Out policy.
He said he has began making an inventory of the personnel of the agency’s support units, reviewing then selecting people who could be dispatched on the roads to direct traffic flow.
“We are in dire need of field personnel to be deployed in all of the major roads in Metro Manila. We are spreading ourselves thin, so to speak, just to cope with the requirements to fully man and supervise traffic on the streets,” Orbos said.
To date, MMDA has only a total of 2,368 traffic enforcers doing three shifts. These personnel are spread to the 197 kilometers of major roads and thoroughfares in Metro Manila.
Orbos said that traffic enforcers are also needed because there are only 424 major roads with traffic signals as compared to the more than 1,000 main intersections.
Aside from the agency’s personnel, Orbos said many private companies have offered to assist via their providing volunteers and communications equipment to complement the existing personnel and assets of MMDA.
MMDA officials also previously met with and possibly tap fire volunteer groups’ personnel as force multipliers to assist in traffic enforcement and management.
Earlier, the MMDA said it will be deploying more field personnel as it will be opening a zipper lane or counter flow lane beginning Monday next week, Main Avenue, Cubao in Quezon City up to EDSA-Ortigas Flyover across Guadix-MRT Ortigas station from 9:30 a.m. up to 11:30 a.m.
A dry-run of the zipper lane, which aims to ease traffic of the southbound lane of EDSA during the morning rush, will be tomorrow (January 20), Thursday.
The zipper lane will be beneficial for motorists going straight to Makati area as the U-turn slot in the middle of EDSA in Camp Crame, Santolan and flyover ramp from EDSA to Ortigas Avenue to Greenhills will be closed to traffic and would be diverted to the right side service roads in the area, the MMDA said.