Expect to see some fresh faces managing major intersections in Metro Manila as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced its move to deploy support units and private volunteers to boost its traffic enforcement capabilities across Metro Manila.

The MMDA, according to General Manager Thomas Orbos, is severely undermanned. So much so, that its 2,368 traffic enforcers are already working three shifts to cover 197 kilometers of major roads throughout the metropolis.

“We are in dire need of field personnel to be deployed in all of the major roads in Metro Manila. We are spreading ourselves thin, so to speak, just to cope with the requirements to fully man and supervise traffic on the streets,” said Orbos.

As of today, out of the more than 1,000 major intersections in Metro Manila, only 424 have traffic signals and the MMDA will need more traffic personnel in order to strictly implement road measure and traffic schemes like the ‘zipper lane’ which debuts on Monday, January 23, 2017.

The MMDA is considering members of fire volunteer groups as force multipliers to assist traffic personnel in management and enforcement.

Meanwhile, private companies have also extended their support and offered volunteers and communications equipment to the MMDA.