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MMDA implements light truck ban today

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017

PHILIPPINES — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) began implementing today the light truck ban along Edsa

The MMDA personnel have positioned themselves early this morning on some parts of Edsa to issue violation tickets with a corresponding P2,000 fine to violators of the new traffic scheme.

As of 10 a.m., at least 118 light trucks have been apprehended by MMDA at the north bound lane of Edsa.

The light truck ban is effective from 6 a.m. up to 10a.m. and resumes at 5 p.m. up to 10 p.m. from Magallanes up to Edsa North Avenue. — UNTV News & Rescue

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  1. randy dorado says:

    I am willing to work as a driver here in batangas

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Formal charges filed against 3 MMDA men for mauling ‘buko’ vendor

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018

 Coconut vendor Romnick Relos and his two siblings

MANILA, Philippines — Coconut vendor Romnick Relos and his two siblings are still under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

But CDIG -Detection and Special Operations Unit (CIDG-DSOU) chief Police Superintendent Richard Verceles said  the brothers might be sent to Masbate anytime soon due to murder charges .

“The procedure is, we will be returning him to the court concerned but we are not sure when because we are considering their security situation,” said Verceles.

The Relos siblings have to return to a court in Masbate to face murder charges in connection with the stabbing and killing of their neighbor Junie Olete in 2007.

However, Verceles said that Relos filed complaints against three personnel of the Metropolitan Manila and Development Authority (MMDA) for beating him.

The coconut vendor filed physical injuries and threat charges against Victor Jimenez, Jonathan Prebente, and Leonard Mojica.

MMDA had previously suspended its men who hurt Relos.

“The case is docketed under file in Pasay prosecutors office under case number XV-13-INV-18-00436. He was assisted by lawyer from Public Attorneys Office,” said the unit chief. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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MMDA suspends personnel over assault on a coconut vendor

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

 MMDA Assistant General Manager Jojo Garcia


MANILA, Philippines — In a video,  three personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) mauled a coconut vendor during a clearing operation in Pasay City last Saturday.

After the incident, which was caught on video and has gone viral on the internet, the MMDA authorities suspended the men involved.

“We don’t tolerate this kind of actions from our employees whatever the reason,” said MMDA assistant general manager Jojo Garcia.

“Wala silang karapatang manakit (They have no right to hurt anyone),” he added.

The MMDA official said both parties were at fault as the vendor was selling in a prohibited area, while the personnel resorted to violence.

He added that the MMDA should not be blamed for the sins of the few.

“Don’t pinpoint the whole agency because of the isolated incident. Maraming instances nasasaktan din ang enforcers namin (There were many instances in the past where our enforcers got hurt too). Dito natin napatunayan, mas madami pa rin yung nagpapraktis ng maximum tolerance (It shows that majority of enforcers still practice maximum tolerance),” said Garcia.

Meanwhile, Romnick Relos, the coconut vendor, said he will file a complaint against the MMDA personnel.

“Para sa akin, hindi madadala sa hingi ng pasensiya yung ginawa niya sa akin (An apology is not enough for what he did to me. Nung nagkaharap kami, inangat niya yung damit niya nakita ko po yung baril niya (When we faced each other he lifted his shirt and I saw his gun),” said Relos.

The MMDA, in the meantime, will return his cart and replace his coconuts. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue




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MMDA dismisses 900 traffic law enforcers over corruption

by UNTV News   |   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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