MMDA dismisses 900 traffic law enforcers over corruption

admin   •   February 28, 2018   •   4925

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

LIST: Weekend road repairs, reblocking in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to motorists starting Friday night for the scheduled road repairs and reblocking.

In an advisory, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said road repair works on the following roads will begin 11 p.m. Friday (Oct. 18) until 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 21):

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA Camp Crame Gate to after Annapolis St. (beside MRT)
  • EDSA before Estrella (outer lane)
  • EDSA Panorama Bldg. to Bansalangin St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • G. Araneta T. Arguelles to Bayanin (1st lane from sidewalk)

EASTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway Quezon City King Fisher to Belfast (inner lane)
  • General Luis St. Rebisco Road to SB Road
  • Elliptical Road after Maharlika St. (6th lane from outer sidewalk)

NORTHBOUND

  • Bonifacio Ave. J. Pineda St. to Marvex St. (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Ave./C-5 after CP Garcia St. (truck lane)
  • EDSA near NIA South Road (3rd lane from the sidewalk)

Affected motorists are advised to avoid said areas and use alternate routes instead.

LIST: Road repairs, reblocking in Metro Manila this weekend

Robie de Guzman   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to motorists starting Friday night for the scheduled weekend road repairs and reblocking.

In an advisory, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said repair works on the following roads will begin at 11 p.m. Friday (October 12) until 5 a.m. Monday (October 14):

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA Panorama Bldg. to Bansalangin St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA after Mo. Ignacio (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA fronting BRIO Tower (3rd, 4th, and outer lane)
  • EDSA front of Camp Crame Gate (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA Annapolis St. going to V.V Soliven (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • G. Araneta from T. Arguelles to Bayanin (1st lane from sidewalk)

EASTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway before Belfast Road (outer lane)
  • General Luis St. Rebisco Road to SB Road
  • Elliptical Road after Maharlika (6th lane from outer sidewalk)

WESTBOUND

  • Novaliches General Luis St. Samote St. to SB Road


NORTHBOUND:

  • Bonifacio Ave. Sgt. Rivera to J. Pineda (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Ave./C-5 after C.P Garcia St. (truck lane)
  • EDSA Quezon City after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from sidewalk)


The MMDA advised affected motorists to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.

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MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago sues 3 Facebook page administrators for cyberlibel

Freema Gloria   •   October 9, 2019

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago has filed a complaint before the PNP Anti-cybercrime group against the administrators of three Facebook pages who allegedly have been disseminating false information about her.

In a post of Pinoy laugh page, it stated that Pialago has allegedly advised commuters to better stay at home if they were having difficulty commuting to work.

Pialago vehemently denied saying such a statement.

Aside from the said administrators, the MMDA spokesperson is also planning to hold the twitter page users responsible for spreading fake news about her.

The PNP Anti-cybercrime group is now looking into the identities of the said Facebook page administrators. —FSG (with details from April Cenedoza)

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