PNP-HPG, MMDA launch Task Force EDSA to solve traffic woes

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Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Autoindustriya | posted July 20, 2016 11:03

MMDA to lead special operation in easing traffic along EDSA

As part of the measures to increase the flow of traffic along EDSA within the next 100 days, the Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have partnered up once again under the new administration.

Task Force EDSA was activated yesterday with the MMDA being the lead agency in order to ease the traffic congestion along the 23.8-kilometer highway.

Personnel from both agencies will be deployed in 10 locations along EDSA between Balintawak and Pasay with the mandate to prioritize commercial areas, road intersections and road improvements while taking into consideration the proper enforcement of the traffic lanes.

Groups in these various locations will have sector commanders who are empowered to come up with their own respective solutions to the traffic problems in their area.

Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Arthur Tugade enjoined the PNP-HPG and the MMDA to do their best in helping the administration achieve their goal of reducing traffic the soonest possible time.

“I know that you are doing your best to improve the traffic flow in EDSA, and I understand how hard it is to be standing under the heat of the sun and cold from the rain, not to mention the bad effects brought about by pollution, but I encouraged you to join hands and together help the government in this problem.” Tugade said.

Meanwhile, newly-installed PNP-HPG Director Chief Supt. Antonio Gardola encouraged motorists to continue taking videos of interaction with cops to prevent any form of extortion.