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Publiko, Pinag-iingat sa mga Pekeng MMDA Traffic Enforcer

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Sa MetroSolusyon website ng MMDA ay maaari ring isumbong ang mga tiwalang kawani ng MMDA. www.metrosolusyon.mmda.gov.ph (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sa publiko na mag-ingat sa mga fake o hindi lehitimong MMDA traffic enforcer.

Ayon kay Chairman Francis Tolentino, maging siya mismo ay nabiktima ng isang pekeng traffic constable.

Ayon sa salaysay ni Tolentino, linggo ng gabi nang parahin siya ng isang nagpakilalang traffic enforcer nang mapadaan sa Roxas Boulevard flyover gayong wala naman silang nagawang paglabag sa batas trapiko.

Matapos ang pangyayari, napag-alaman na ang naturang traffic enforcer ay si former traffic aide Edwin Vicentino, na hindi na pumapasok sa trabaho simula pa noong Nobyembre ng nakaraang taon.

“Babala sa ating nga kababayan lalo na ngayong holiday na magingat sa ilan na baka hindi naman totoo, tignan nila yung ID at mission order pero mas maganda ay sumunod sa batas trapiko,” babala ni Tolentino.

Kaugnay ng insidente, gagawa ng hakbang ang MMDA upang matiyak na hindi na mauulit ang naturang pangyayari.

Dagdag pa ni Tolentino, “I-upgrade namin yung ID naming, from time to time magkakaroon ng counter sign counter mark kung alin ang lehitimo at hindi.

Nanawagan rin ang MMDA sa publiko na agad isumbong o ireport sa kanilang tanggapan ang mga magsasamantalang  traffic enforcer sa pamamagitan ng pagtawag sa kanilang hotline number 136.

Maaari ding ireport ng publiko ang sinumang mga tiwaling opisyal ng ahensya sa metrosolusyon website, mag log-in lamang sa www.metrosolusyon.mmda.gov.ph.

Sinampahan ng MMDA ng kasong usurpation of authority si former traffic aide Edwin Vicentino. (Ley Ann Lugod & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

 

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MMDA seeks to revoke driver’s license of woman in viral dispute

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is determined to file complaints against a woman who went viral after she was captured on video confronting an MMDA enforcer.

In the video posted on Facebook under the account of Gadget Addict, the woman can be seen arguing with the enforcer after the latter accosted her for illegal parking and asked to see her license.

The woman even tried to flee the scene and accidentally ran over the motorcycle of another enforcer.

The woman was later joined by her husband who insisted on bringing his pregnant wife immediately to the hospital as the stress was causing her to bleed.

In the end the couple refused to go with authorities to settle the dispute.

The MMDA said they will not let the incident pass and will file a formal complaint.

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General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said, “Baka pwedeng masuspend yung license niya dahil nga sa ganun niyang attitude (Her license may be suspended because of her attitude toward the incident).”

The agency is also planning to press direct assault charges against the woman for allegedly attempting to run over the enforcer.

On Wednesday, the couple went to the MMDA office to personally apologize for the incident.

They refused to give their identities to the media but according to reports, the woman works at the Department of Justice as a prosecutor.

“We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the MMDA enforcers especially to Col. Bong Nebrija and Constable Azures. We ask for your understanding as well as emotions got the best of us,” the woman said.

Her husband also thanked the agency’s officials.

“We would like to thank the MMDA leadership as headed by Chairman Danilo Lim and General Manager Jojo Garcia for giving us the chance, this chance, to make this apology and in recognizing the consequences of our actions,” he said.

The MMDA has yet to confirm if they will continue with the charges after the couple’s public apology.

The agency reminded motorists anew to respect the policies of the MMDA. – Joan Nano

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Monsoon rains spawn sea of garbage in Manila Bay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Trash fill the stretch of Manila Baywalk as raging waves spew garbage from Manila Bay during the onslaught of monsoon rains.

 

MANILA, Philippines – Waves of trash have accumulated in Manila Bay in the aftermath of a heavy downpour over the weekend.

Piles of garbage were seen reaching Roxas Boulevard eventually obstructing traffic.

Volunteers from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Manila City government continue to collect mounts of garbage believed to have come from various parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

 Lahat ng basura na umanod na hanggang Roxas Boulevard ay kailangang ligpitin natin at mapanatiling malinis ang Roxas Boulevard,” said ASEC Celine Pialago, MMDA Spokesperson.

Since Saturday, clearing personnel were able to collect up to 10 truckloads of garbage from Manila Bay.

Most of them were items made of plastic and styrofoam as well as bamboo poles believed to have been disentangled from damage fish cages in nearby areas.

The MMDA expects the clearing operation along the stretch of Manila Baywalk area to last until next week. – Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo

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Rush hour ban on buses to start Aug 15, total ban soon

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo said a total ban of provincial buses on EDSA is unlikely for now based on the current state of the Valenzuela Interim Terminal.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian joined MMDA and Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) officials at the inspection of Valenzuela Interim Terminal to assess if it can operate as a station for provincial buses starting August 15.

Aside from the ongoing construction works inside the terminal, MMDA noted several issues that need to be addressed.

Among these are the establishment of designated areas for provincial and city buses; management of queues for jeepneys, buses and UV Express vans that share the terminal; and completion of waiting sheds for passengers.

The MMDA has directed the Valenzuela City government to fast track the completion of the interim terminal within a month.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said, “Give us a little bit more time. Di naman matagal na matagal, para maiayos lang yung terminal condition at tsaka yung mga sasalo na vehicles.”

Nevertheless, the MMDA will still implement on August 15 the ban of provincial buses on EDSA during rush hours.

This means that starting August 15, MMDA personnel will begin apprehending provincial buses on EDSA from 7am to 10am and 6pm to 9pm. Violators of the ordinance will be fined P2,000.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said, “Yung dry run natin na kapag ang bus galing ng north, hanggang Cubao lang sila. Kapag galing south, hanggang Pasay. Pinahinga lang natin yung Cubao to Magallanes kasi ginagawa yung Shaw Boulevard.”

The Provincial Bus Operators Association has previously voiced opposition to the policy but they admit that they can do nothing if the MMDA will implement it.  — Joan Nano

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