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February 17, 2017 

MMDA to Start Deployment of Deputized Traffic Volunteers

The first batch of volunteers from private organizations who will augment the existing field personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be graduating on Monday (February 20).

The MMDA will deputize the volunteers from the Civil Defense Action Group (CDAG) and Pureforce and Rescue Corporation (Pureforce) and will be given traffic violation tickets upon deployment to their respective areas of assignment.

CDAG, headed by Johnny Yu, is an umbrella organization of registered volunteer and rescue units in the Philippines and accredited by the Office of the Civil Defense and the Department of National Defense while Pureforce, owned by Jomerito Soliman, is a first responder operations company which integrates computer-aided dispatch and other state-of-the-art incident management technology. The partnership was made possible through the help and coordination of Charlon Ynot, a fire volunteer himself.

As this developed, the MMDA is set to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with CDAG and Pureforce in tapping the volunteers who will do traffic duties.

Under the MOA, the agency will provide transport and traffic management seminars, trainings and administer qualifying examinations to the selected volunteers.

The agency will also provide volunteers with legal and medical assistance in the course of their performance of their official duties and functions, the MOA added.

On the other hand, the two private groups will recommend the volunteers and will provide the MMDA all available equipment, technology and other resources and assets for the purpose of transport and traffic management.

The private firms will provide the volunteers with their own uniform and other personal protective equipment during their deployment to the field.

The volunteers started their three-day training last Wednesday. They will be deployed next week, with Quezon Avenue as their initial area of assignment.

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.

MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos pointed out 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.

“We welcome this kind of support and commitment from the private sector as we are in dire need of additional manpower,” Orbos said.  “More private organizations are scheduled for training.”

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