Expect to see more traffic enforcers from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) managing traffic in Metro Manila.

Recently, the MMDA hired 300 traffic auxiliaries to augment its traffic management efforts in Metro Manila's major thoroughfares. Per MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, they need the extra manpower to improve traffic flow in Metro Manila.

“We need additional traffic enforcers to improve our traffic management efforts”, said Abalos.

All of the newly-hired traffic enforcers have undergone RT-PCR swab test, and all have tested negative for the virus. But before they'll be sent out for active duty, the MMDA said that all newly-hired auxiliaries must undergo a 15-day training regiment.

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The training will cover academic and non-academic traffic management, physical training, traffic rules and regulations, values formation, human rights, and personality development. Those that will pass will be deployed along EDSA and in other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

Back in January, the MMDA asked for additional people from the PNP-HPG. Despite having 2,187 traffic enforcers in Metro Manila, the MMDA said that 25% of those enforcers are senior citizens. With the pandemic still present, the agency has exempted its senior personnel from coming to work. Those with pre-existing medical conditions are also exempted from reporting to work.

With the MMDA successfully hiring 300 more traffic auxiliaries, along with the PNP-HPG's additional 180 personnel, they're confident that they will be able to better manage Metro Manila traffic amid the pandemic.