April 29, 2016
MMDA Launches “Na-HuliCam Ka Ba?” For Motorists’ No-Contact Apprehensions”
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to launch a database on the No-Contact Apprehension Policy on May 3 in a bid to promote transparency in line with the government’s open data direction.
The MMDA project, dubbed as “Na-HuliCam Ka Ba?”, allows motorists to check whether they have committed a traffic violation via a viewable , but not editable, Google Spreadsheet online that will contain data or an updated list of No-Contact Apprehensions.
The data will specifically indicate the plate number of the vehicle apprehended under the No-Contact policy; its location, date, time when traffic violation was committed; and the action taken by the MMDA.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said the agency has taken the initiative to publish the database online in response to the popular netizens’ demand to provide motorists with an easy and efficient way to verify if they have been cited for a traffic violation.
Carlos said that the online database will facilitate the verification process by motorists on the traffic violations and assuage their fears that they could have been wrongly cited for traffic infractions.
The No-Contact Apprehension Policy was revived during the term of former MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino to apprehend over-speeding vehicles along major thoroughfares in the metropolis, including Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.
The current MMDA leadership has refined it when re-implemented last April 15, giving the motorists a chance to contest the traffic citation within the seven days upon receipt of a notice from the Agency.
MMDA has conceptualized the No-Contact Traffic Apprehension Policy primarily to instill discipline among drivers on the road and for the latter to abide by the traffic rules and regulations.
It also aims to prevent corruption among traffic enforcers and help ease traffic buildup as physical contact between traffic personnel and erring drivers would be lessened.
More than 4,000 violations have so far been recorded since the no-contact apprehension scheme was launched recently.