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PRESS RELEASE
MAY 6, 2021
TA-21-02-035 
 

MMDA Field Personnel Gets Heat Stroke Break

To protect the health of its on-duty field personnel this dry season, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is re-implementing its 30-minute “heat stroke break” policy.

"Our personnel's safety is our paramount concern. This special heat stroke break is available for traffic enforcers and street sweepers who work under the dry season's searing heat and protect them from heat exhaustion, heat stroke and heat cramps," said MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos.

Under the policy, on-duty traffic enforcers and street sweepers are allowed to leave their posts in shifts and take a 30-minute break to rest.

For traffic enforcers who work from 5 am to 1 pm shift, the prescribed “heat stroke break” is from 10 am to 10:30 am or 10:30 am to 11 am; for those working from 1 pm to 9 pm shift, the break time shall be observed from 2:30 pm to 3 pm or 3 pm to 3:30 pm; for those working from 6 am to 2 pm, the prescribed “heat stroke break” is from 11 am to 11:30 am or 11:30 am to 12 noon; and for 2 pm to 10 pm shift, the break time shall be observed from 3 pm to 3:30 pm or 3:30 pm to 4 pm.

For street sweepers who work from 6 am to 2 pm shift, the prescribed “heat stroke break” is from 11 am to 11:30 am or 11:30 am to 12 noon; for those working from 11 am to 7 pm shift, the break time shall be observed from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm or 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

The heat stroke break shall be done alternately by those who are assigned in a particular area to maintain visibility of traffic enforcers and street sweepers and to ensure field operations are not hampered, Abalos added.

In order to avoid heat exhaustion/heart stroke and heat cramps, due to severe wave, a 15-minute break shall be added in case the heat index in Metro Manila reaches 40 degrees Celsius and above," said Abalos.

The granting of heat stroke break shall take effect until May 31, 2021.

 

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