If you haven’t felt the brunt of Republic Act (R.A.) 10586 or the Act Penalizing Persons Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Dangerous Drugs, and Other Similar Substances, well, change is coming.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has partnered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the PNP Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), local government unit (LGU) traffic enforcement groups and the private sector to sternly implement R.A. 10586 through the initiative Partnership for Road Safety.

Aside from firmer enforcement of the anti-drunk driving law, the partnership also seeks to ‘establish the system for its adoption, implementation and monitoring at the local government units (LGUs).’

The LTO will conduct 12 training and deputation sessions that will go on until June 2017 for some 500 MMDA enforcers before they are deployed in various parts of Metro Manila.

On the LGU level, programs will be created to promote awareness of R.A. 10586 among citizens and motorists alike, and even the creation of a resolution to adopt the R.A. at the local level.

Plans for the acquisition of additional alcohol breath analyzers are also underway as LTO chief Asec. Edgar Galvente has noted that the lack of the necessary equipment and trained personnel has ‘hampered’ the campaign against drunk driving.

“The MMDA is the only agency which functions within the bounds of its mandated functions and limited resources. It needs the help of partners who can collaborate towards the attainment of ensuring that the roads of Metro Manila are safe and that road crashes are substantially reduced,” said former MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez.

“We have coordinated with the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic and the private sector to prevent accidents caused by drunk driving for the Christmas season,” said MMDA Chairman Tim Orbos.