In line with its intensified campaign against jaywalking, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has embarked on an extensive re-painting and installation of new pedestrian lanes within the immediate vicinities of schools in Metro Manila.

According to MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, at least 1,300 pedestrian lanes will be re-painted.

"These pedestrian lanes will ensure the safety of the students and instill discipline among them," Tolentino said.

Eight pedestrian lanes were already re-painted in San Juan City, eight in Manila, four in Pateros, and one each in Makati and Mandaluyong.

The project is a joint undertaking of the agency's Metro Parkways Clearing Group (MPCG) and the Traffic Engineering Center (TEC).

Tolentino said they have been using thermoplastic materials in re-painting pedestrian lanes, which do not fade easily and reflect at nighttime.

Further, additional "Walang Tawiran Dito" signages will be placed on accident-prone areas to deter jaywalkers.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) approved on Tuesday an amendatory resolution increasing the penalty for jaywalking to P200. Previously, violators were meted a fine of P150.

Tolentino said that jaywalking along the major thoroughfares and streets is one of the contributory factors to the traffic problems and road accidents in Metro Manila.