MMDA Chairman Romando Artes reassigns Bong Nebrija to lead Task Force Special Operations
Edison “Bong” Nebrija's jurisdiction now lies beyond that of EDSA. After leading the MMDA's EDSA Traffic Operations (aka Traffic Boss of EDSA), newly-appointed MMDA Chairman Romando Artes has now designated Nebrija in a new role.
Instead of handling traffic along the entire stretch of EDSA, Nebrija is now the head of the Task Force Special Operations (TFSO) and Anti-Colorum Unit. His "new" role in the MMDA is actually something he's already familiar with.
Before being assigned to manage EDSA traffic in 2018, Nebrija served as the head of the TFSO during the time of late MMDA Chairman Danilo S. Lim. According to Artes, Nebrija's performance in clearing roads of illegally parked vehicles and other types of obstructions is what led them to assign him to this position.
“We trust the capability of Nebrija to enforce traffic rules and regulations beyond the stretch of EDSA, and clear Mabuhay Lanes and other major thoroughfares of traffic obstructions,” shared Artes.
As head of the task force, Nebrija's reach is not limited to EDSA. Instead, his coverage now includes all Metro Manila roads which are under the jurisdiction of the agency. With the traffic situation now going back to normal, Nebrija shared that the TFSO will concentrate on providing alternative routes to motorists.
“We will intensify our clearing operations so that motorists would have alternate routes aside from EDSA. We are thankful that the management is supportive of our programs to ease traffic in Metro Manila,” added Nebrija.
With Nebrija set to lead the TFSO and Anti-Colorum Unit, Artes has now tasked Jeffrey Torres as the new head of EDSA Special Traffic and Transport Zone. For his part, he said that he will continue Nebrija's efforts to manage traffic on EDSA. He also assured constant visibility of traffic enforcers along the highway, especially during rush hours when traffic congestion is at its peak. Currently, the agency has 500 traffic enforcers deployed.
“We will maximize the visibility of the traffic enforcers assigned to EDSA,” said Torres.