Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: PNP | posted August 10, 2015 08:29
PNP Highway Patrol tapped to back up MMDA in managing traffic
After numerous incidents of bullying by motorists, traffic enforcers of the Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be getting backup from the strongest arm of the law, the Philippine National Police (PNP).
"Finally, the PNP under Director General Marquez has acceded to our long-standing request to help us manage traffic and put a stop to this lawlessness being committed against our hapless personnel. They will serve as a strong deterrent to the unabated disregard for the law being committed by erring motorists against our unarmed enforcers and against criminal elements prey on pedestrians, commuters and motorists along Edsa," said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.
The Highway Patrol Group (HPG) of the PNP will be working in tandem with MMDA enforcers in various spots along EDSA including Balintawak, North EDSA – Trinoma, Quezon Avenue, Monte De Piedad, Aurora Boulevard, Santolan, Ortigas, Shaw Boulevard, Boni, Guadalupe, Ayala, Magallanes and EDSA-Taft.
Called ‘Tambalan sa EDSA ng MMDA at PNP-HPG,’ around 250 policemen will be deployed along the 23.7-kilometer stretch of EDSA with 500 MMDA traffic enforcers. Both will have the authority to issue traffic violation receipts (TVRs) or 'tickets.'