MMDA to utilize CCTV for Anti-distracted Driving Act

admin   •   June 9, 2016   •   5087

MMDA personnel monitor Metro Manila's national highway and streets via CCTV. (UNTV NEWS)

MMDA personnel monitor Metro Manila’s national highway and streets via CCTV.

The Metropolitan Manila Develoment Authority (MMDA) will use hundreds of CCTV cameras when the Anti-distracted Driving Act is fully implemented.

MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos said, the law will be easily implemented in Metro Manila under the No-contact Apprehension policy

“We will implement the law in Metro Manila. We can use this law to apprehend violating drivers thru the No-contact Apprehension policy. It is much more easier than apprehension done in the road,” Carlos said.

MMDA said, arrested parties have no excuse when there is a video recording of their offense unlike arrests done by traffic enforcers.

MMDA admits that they don’t often get to arrest motorists who text while driving because it’s hard to prove.

“If we saw them using a device, we will call their attention and we will not see them holding their phones. The enforcer and the driver will fight. The driver will not admit it,” Carlos explained.

MMDA believes that many road accidents is associated with people using their phone while driving. But it is not recorded.

One of the provisions of the law is to prohibit the use of cellphones or any gadget even when a vehicle is at full stop on traffic lights.

P5,000 is the fine for the first offense. P10,000 for the second offense. P15,000 for the third offense plus suspension of license and P20,000 for the final offense plus cancellation of license.

After President Aquino signed the law, there will be a six month information campaign before the MMDA start issuing tickets to those who will be caught by the CCTV using their cellphone while driving.


MMDA staff with comorbidities, elderly get COVID-19 vaccine

Robie de Guzman   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday began the vaccination against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) of its personnel who are senior citizens and with comorbidities.

MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos said around 200 employees belonging to the A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (with comorbidities) priority groups were administered with Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccine at the agency’s headquarters in Makati City.

Around 80 medical personnel of the MMDA were already vaccinated against COVID-19 on Monday.

Abalos said the MMDA has a high infection rate among its personnel because they are among the frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.

“Kaya, humingi kami ng tulong sa DOH (Department of Health) para mabakunahan ang ating mga frontliners, lalong lalo na ang aming traffic enforcers, ang mga nasa field,” he said.

The agency is targeting to fully inoculate all its 8,000 employees.

Abalos himself received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. His initial dose was given last March 1.

The MMDA has so far recorded a total of 771 COVID-19 infections with 100 active ones. About eight personnel succumbed to the disease. – RRD (with details from Correspondent JP Nuñez)

MMDA suspends truck ban in ECQ areas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Truck ban in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is temporarily suspended, according to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

In a Twitter post, the agency announced that truck ban is suspended along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. This is to ensure the deliveries of essential goods in areas under ECQ will be unhampered.

The MMDA, however, clarified that total truck ban is still implemented along EDSA.

The ECQ will last until April 4 in NCR, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal. AAC

Pasig Ferry Service operations suspended for Lenten week – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Operations of the Pasig River Ferry Service will be temporarily suspended from April 1 to April 4, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In a statement, the MMDA said normal operations will resume on Monday, April 5.

“Meanwhile, as Metro Manila is under enhanced community quarantine, the ferry service will be implementing 50% seating capacity,” the agency said.

All Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) are allowed to ride the ferry service, provided they bring an identification card.

The national government placed the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Laguna under ECQ from March 29 to April 4 in a bid to arrest the surge in COVID-19 cases.



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