The newly formed Inter-Agency Committee on Traffic (I-ACT) has begun training traffic enforcers, including volunteers, last Tuesday on traffic direction and control.
According to Highway Patrol Group (HPG) chief Col. Antonio Gardiola who heads I-ACT, traffic volunteers from various transport groups will be dubbed ‘force multipliers’ and were originally part of the plan and the initial phase of training.
Short-term training will not be more than 10 days as the committee develops another module on enforcement of traffic rules and regulations that is expected to run for at least 30 days.
“This is being made in line with the directive of Secretary (Arthur) Tugade,” said Gardiola.
Meanwhile, Valenzuela City has also initiated a training program for members of their motorcycle enforcement group and 14 traffic management officers.
It is a two-week course on Basic Motorcycle Riding Course, defensive driving, escorting, parading, and other disciplines.
The training also includes familiarization of areas managed by the Traffic Management Division (TMD), which includes NLEX Segment 9 in MacArthur Highway, Marulas, Gen. T. de Leon, Ugong, Mapulang Lupa, Bagbaguin, Lawang Bato, Punturin, Bignay, Lingunan, Veinte Reales and G. Lazaro St. in Dalandanan.
“We wanted to develop their personalities, to make them more efficient and courteous toward road users. We also aim to increase our enforcers’ visibility in the city,” said Marlo Dulap, head instructor.
Valenzuela City is one of only a few local government units that do not use traffic personnel deployed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).