Task force ALAMID
MANILA, Philippines — The bumper to bumper traffic is a normal scene in Metro Manila everyday.
Adding to this is the sale events of malls that cause more congestion on roads due to vehicles parked along roads and erring drivers who ply the stretch of EDSA.
The government’s Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) wants to resolve all these problems.
On Thursday, I-ACT launched what it dubbed as Task Force Alamid.
Under this task force, 300 traffic law enforcers from the Metro Manila and Development Authority (MMDA) Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol will coordinate in managing and fixing the flow of vehicles this holiday season.
The Metro Manila local traffic enforcers, the joint task force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), leagues of barangays and several volunteers from the group Ligtas Patrol will also help in the said effort.
“Our scope is not just in Metro Manila, and but also in areas where MMDA is not allowed like airports and seaports,” said Department of Tranportation (DOTr) Road Transport Usec. Thomas Orbos.
“We can coordinate as well with the movement of the arrivals, the departing passengers, those queuing along NLEX, and SLEX. You might not be aware, the queuing of vehicles there is extreme even on regular days,” he added.
Task Force Alamid immediately began its work on Thursday along the coastal road in Baclaran.
During the operation, the task force apprehended nine “colorum” vans or PUVs without permits with routes from Cavite to Lawton.
“I know this is legal. I have a paper, but it’s just not here,” said a driver of a colorum van.
One of the apprehended vehicles even had a sticker of the Office of the President attached to it. When the driver was asked about the sticker, he refused to answer.
Authorities issued violation tickets to the erring drivers and towed their vehicles.
The apprehended drivers will pay fines of up to P200,000 and their vehicles will be impounded for three months.
It can be noted that a research by a Japanese organization in 2012 revealed that the country’s economy loses P2.4 billion daily due to heavy traffic. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue