With more than 1,000 main intersections and only 424 with traffic signals, traffic management is in very high demand to prevent vehicular congestion in more than half of these busy areas in the metropolis.
To help in solving this problem, Metropolitan Manila Development (MMDA) has resorted to hiring, training, deputizing and today, Monday February 20, deploys the first batch of traffic volunteers in Quezon City.
Personnel from the Civil Defense Action Group (CDAG) and Pureforce and Rescue Corporation (Pureforce) have been hired by the MMDA to augment their existing 2,368 traffic enforcers currently doing three shifts over 197 kilometers of roads in Metro Manila.
CDAG is an umbrella organization of registered volunteer and rescue units in the Philippines and accredited by the Office of the Civil Defense and the Department of National Defense while Pureforce is a first responder operations company which integrates computer-aided dispatch and other state-of-the-art incident management technology.
A memorandum of agreement is set to be signed by the MMDA, CDAG and Pureforce to formalize the hiring of volunteers as traffic personnel.
Traffic volunteers will be given traffic citation tickets upon deployment, plus legal and medical assistance should they require in the course of performing their duties with the MMDA.
For their part, the CDAG and Pureforce will provide their volunteers with their own uniform and protective equipment, and MMDA with all available equipment and other resources for traffic management.