The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) hits a milestone today as it opens the country’s first and only school dedicated to teaching traffic rules and regulations to its enrollees.

On its soft opening today, the Institute of Traffic Management (ITM) is the MMDA’s answer to the lingering issue of its traffic personnel not being well-versed enough to inform motorists of the violations committed either intentionally or unintentionally and vice-versa, for motorists to be properly educated on how to approach various traffic scenarios.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino will be leading the ceremonies is today’s soft opening and has said that the ITM will cater to all personnel engaged in implementing the existing traffic rules and regulations from various agencies in the local and national government, traffic accident investigators and also to erring motorists who will need to undergo traffic seminars as part of their violation’s penalty.

“There shall be no traffic personnel on the street who do not possess the competencies necessary to effectively perform the core functions of traffic management,” said Tolentino.

The ITM, which is housed in the newly constructed building in the MMDA headquarters along EDSA, will be able to grant degrees and issue certificates to enrollees who complete the training and pass the courses it offers.

With the amount of re-education motorists and traffic enforcers all around the country needs, Tolentino sees this as a long-term project that, executed and implemented properly, will yield extremely positive results.

“This may be a long-term war against the negative driving habits of some of our countrymen, but I believe that the ITM will eventually be a school of hope, inspiration and pride. We have managed to make a difference. In the future, this difference will be felt, seen and noticed. This is the difference worth working for,” added Tolentino.