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AUGUST 18, 2016

MMDA- HPG Traffic Enforcement Relation Goes Beyond EDSA

    The partnership between the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine National Police- Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) in managing traffic flow will no longer be confined to Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) but also to other major thoroughfares in the metropolis.

    During a joint press conference at the Department of Transportation (DOTr) office in Mandaluyong City last Wednesday, DOTr spokesperson Cherrie Mercado announced that the partnership between the MMDA and the PNP-HPG traffic personnel will extend to other roads in Metro Manila.

    “Kung anong sakop (na kalsada) ng MMDA ay sakop na rin ng HPG, hindi na lang sa EDSA,” Mercado told the media briefing, which was also attended by officials of the MMDA, PNP-HPG, and the Land Transportation Office, a DOTr attached agency.

    Also during the press conference, Mercado said that Secretary Arturo Tugade and MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos had initially met to thresh out some kinks in the partnership since MMDA is a separate government agency.

    While waiting for the emergency powers to be given by Congress to President Duterte in addressing the current traffic crisis in Metro Manila, Tugade has decided to strengthen working relationship of the inter-agency committee, composed of MMDA, PNP-HPG, LTO, and Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Boad, Mercado said.

    For his part, PNP-HPG head Col. Antonio Gardiola said the aim of the inter-agency group is to have a unity of command in terms of the overall traffic management. The HPG-MMDA partnership will be concerned on the traffic enforcement aspect of the matter, he added.

    “The intention of the Secretary (Tugade) is to address the doable or actionable items…we have to solidify the chain of command,” Gardiola said.

    Meanwhile, lawyer Victor Nunez, head of the MMDA’s Towing Operations Group, said they have a go-signal from the transportation chief to bring the excess impounded vehicles from Ultra impounding site in Pasig City to the impounding area of LTO and LTFRB in Tarlac.

    “Pina igting na po namin ang anti-illegal parking operations kaya umaapela kami sa mga may-ari ng sasakyan na humanap na kayo na may tamang parking area kasi dadalin namin yan sa Tarlac,” Nunez said.

    He said a memorandum of agreement will be signed by the members of the inter-agency committee to formalize the transfer of the impounded vehicles.

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