With the renewed initiatives of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT), Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade recently ordered to intesify the anti-illegal parking operations to ease traffic conditions. Sec. Tugade then instructed Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Thomas Orbos to further their efforts in clearing sidewalks and major thoroughfares of obstructions which include illegally parked vehicles and structures.

Undersecretary Orbos, is also concurrent Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager and heads the reinvigorated I-ACT. Its Task Force Alamid cleared several roads and sidewalks in Pasay City and the Baclaran area of obstructions to ease traffic movement during the All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day.

Sec. Tugade steps up anti-illegal parking operations

From September 7 to 29 and October 19 to November 3, the I-ACT composite team and TF Alamid apprehended multiple traffic violators and impounded illegally parked vehicles in various roads all over Metro Manila. The DOTr also mobilized personnel of its Office of Commuter Affairs, headed by Assistant Secretary Elvira Medina, to further beef up its force multipliers tasked to assist TF Alamid in its clearing operations in the metropolis.

Undersecretary Orbos expressed optimism that I-ACT would achieve its objectives of improving the traffic situation with the cooperation of all the stakeholders, not just in Metro Manila, but also in the adjacent provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna. Aside from the DOTr, other members of the I-ACT include MMDA, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group.