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Feb. 1, 2019 

MMC Approves Stiffer Penalty Against Jaywalkers

Jaywalkers with unsettled citation tickets would soon find themselves on the alarm list of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

This comes after the Metro Manila mayors agreed to deputize the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in enforcing local anti-jaywalking ordinances of the 17 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila.

“We are delighted that all LGUs in Metro Manila have anti-jaywalking ordinances. We have asked them (LGUs) to deputize our men to give more teeth to the local ordinances,” said Garcia after the MMC meeting held yesterday at MMDA headquarters.

As a stiffer consequence, names of the violators who will fail to pay the penalties or render corresponding community service will be forwarded to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for inclusion on its alarm list.

“If we apprehend a jaywalker and he disregards the ticket, we can file charges for violating a local ordinance and forward his name to NBI,” said Garcia.

Metro Manila mayors who comprise the MMC, the governing and policy-making body, have yet to sign the resolution before implementation.

Presently, the MMDA has its own anti-jaywalking policy, with teams enforcing the rule. Violators are issued citation tickets with corresponding P500 fine. Jaywalkers have an option to pay the fine or render community service.

The local governments units, on the other hand, also have their own ant-jaywalking ordinances implemented in their respective jurisdictions.

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