Have you ever wanted to be a deputized MMDA traffic enforcer even just for a day?

Well 2015 may just be your year.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will open its doors and accept the services of volunteers to direct the traffic flow in key areas in Metro Manila.

This is due to a 15% cutback in the MMDA’s 2015 personnel budget that will bring it down from Php 2.331 billion to only Php 1.988 billion.  This will force the agency to reduce the number of traffic enforcers in the roster.

“In the next few months, we will need volunteers to direct traffic on Katipunan, Roxas Boulevard.  It will be hard next year.  We will be doing more for less. We will do it, but the budget cut will somehow have an impact,” said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.

In related news, the MMDA will offer students of Ateneo the option to bike to school to reduce the number of vehicles near roads leading to and from these destinations.

As of yesterday (Sunday), the MMDA has designated bike lanes along Katipunan and put 50 bikes on standby at Gate 3 of Ateneo to encourage student to leave their cars, save on fuel and lessen the number of vehicles on the road. 

The Ateneo management, working with the MMDA on this project, has designated bike lanes and stops where they can leave the borrowed bikes inside the campus.