FILE PHOTO: MMDA personnel enforcing light truck ban along EDSA
MANILA, Philippines — Around 900 traffic law enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) were sacked due to their alleged involvement in corruption.
With this, MMDA plans to ask Congress to increase the salaries of traffic enforcers so they would no longer get involved in illegal activities.
From more than 3,000, MMDA now deploys only around 2,100 traffic law enforcers.
According to MMDA officer-in-charge general manager Jojo Garcia, most of the sacked enforcers have been involved in extortion of motorists.
Others voluntarily resigned after facing complaints, while some have gone absent without official leave (AWOL).
“Lahat nung mga nagba-viral sabi ko nga nagkakaroon tayo ng due process na iniimbestigahan namin. So karamihan diyan nasuspinde or na-terminate na,” said the MMDA official.
(Those who have been part of viral videos, we will follow due process where an investigation will be conducted. Majority [of the enforcers] were either suspended or have been terminated.)
The MMDA also assured that the mass dismissal of traffic enforcers would not affect the quality of the agency’s job.
“Sabi nga ni chairman, ‘Doon na ako sa konting matino kaysa madami na mas nakakagulo’,” said Garcia.
(As the chairman has said, “It’s better to have a few good men than having many who cause trouble.)
The MMDA will ask Congress to increase the salaries of traffic law enforcers to encourage them to not get involved in illegal activities.
It can be noted that a traffic law enforcer earns only P10,000 a month.
But the agency insisted that having small salary is not an excuse to be involved in anomalies.
A new batch composed of 300 traffic enforcers are still undergoing MMDA’s training.
Afterwards, they will be deployed to manage traffic in Metro Manila roads. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue