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MMDA dismisses 900 traffic law enforcers over corruption

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

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

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Rerouting plan set as C3 bridge in Navotas closes starting July 20 – MMDA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The C3 bridge in Navotas will be temporarily closed to traffic starting July 20 to give way for the construction of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Harbor Link Segment 10 C3 to R10 section project, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday.

The project is a 2.6-kilometer elevated expressway from C3 Road in Caloocan City to Radial Road 10 in Navotas City.

To enable NLEX to construct the elevated road crossing over Navotas River along C3, the MMDA said, one side of C3 bridge will be closed beginning 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Due to the partial closure, light vehicles coming from C3 Road going to Radial Road 10 and vice versa will be rerouted along Dagat-Dagatan Avenue and Lapu-Lapu Avenue.

Heavy vehicles may still use the two-way traffic route at the remaining bound of C3 Bridge.

“We are advising motorists to plan their trips ahead and, at the same time, seek their understanding as the partial closure of C3 Bridge is necessary to complete this project on time,” said MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia.

To ensure smooth flow of vehicles and minimize traffic slowdown, the MMDA said traffic marshals will be deployed and directional traffic signs will also be placed to guide the public.

Works at the bridge is expected to be completed in November, while the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 C3 to R10 section is seen to be finished by December.

The project will connect to the recently opened 5.65-kilometer NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 that passes through Valenzuela City, Malabon City, and Caloocan City.

Once completed, the elevated road crossing is expected to provide direct access between R10 and NLEX thus contribute to ease of travel and traffic decongestion in Metro Manila. 

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Metro Manila shake drill set on July 27 – MMDA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

FILE: PNP National Headquarters participated in the 1st Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on April 21, 2016. Response and Rescue operations were also done during the activity. (Photo: PNP FB Page)

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to hold an earthquake drill, dubbed as Metro Manila Shake Drill, on July 27.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said this year’s shake drill will start as early as four in the morning, to be signaled by the sounding of an alarm.

“For this year, it will be done on a weekend and at almost the break of dawn when most Metro Manila residents are at home and asleep,” he said.

“We are doing this to prepare everyone to minimize damage and loss of life,” he added.

Garcia said they intentionally scheduled the drill very early in the morning so the public can participate.

Shake drills in the past years were done during daytime and even on rush hours, with last year leveling up to an unannounced, rush hour daytime drill.

“We want to test the response capabilities and preparedness of LGUs and the private sector as earthquake may occur anytime,” Garcia said.

The MMDA official added that during the shake drill, they will mobilize agency employees, Metro local government units and other groups to demonstrate their contingency plans in case strong earthquake hits the metropolis.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, also the head of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), will visit city halls and designated emergency operation centers in the metro on the day of the drill.

Different emergency scenarios will also be staged at city hall offices, establishments, communities, businesses, and households.

“We expect more active and full participation of the private sector as government’s partner in disaster and emergency preparedness and response for Metro Manila,” said Garcia.

During the drill, the agency will also practice the deployment of personnel to designated emergency operation centers located at the four quadrants in Metro Manila.

The MMDA said the northern quadrant will use the Veterans Memorial Medical Center Golf Course as evacuation camp while the western quadrant will use the Intramuros Golf Course.

The eastern quadrant will use the LRT-2 Santolan Depot while the southern quadrant will use the Villamor Golf Course.

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LIST: Weekend road reblocking in Metro Manila

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has advised motorists to avoid several roads that will undergo repairs starting Friday evening.

In an advisory posted on its website, the MMDA said the following roads will undergo repairs from 11 p.m. Friday (July 12) until 5:00 a.m. on Monday (July 15):

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA fronting Guzent Construction Equipment Sales and Rental to Culiat Bridge (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Ave. after P. Tuazon Blvd. (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA Magallanes-Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes-Alabang Bus Stop (outer lane)
  • EDSA Eugenio Lopez – Sct. Borromeo (desilting and construction of manhole)
  • EDSA Quezon City between West Avenue and Philam Village (restoration/concreting works)

WESTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway Kingfisher St. to Primerose St. (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • General Luis St. Pascual St. to before Oriental Tin

NORTHBOUND & SOUTHBOUND:

  • C-5 Road fronting SM Aura Northbound (3rd lane from median) and SM Aura Southbound (2nd lane from median)


NORTHBOUND:

  • Regalado Ave. Mindanao Ave. Ext. to Quirino Highway (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA after Aurora Blvd. (2nd lane from sidewalk)

The MMDA said all affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday.

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