Just a little over a year since the Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) was assigned by the Aquino administration to take over the traffic management of EDSA, it surrenders it back to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) as part of a bigger picture envisioned by Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT).
The PNP-HPG will not be completely out of the picture because as per the Department of Transportation (DOTr), it will maintain a 30-man force on EDSA to assist MMDA traffic enforcers.
Majority of the PNP-HPG’s manpower will now be shifted to C-5, Commonwealth Avenue and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila as part of final phase of I-ACT’s Metro Manila traffic management plan.
“MMDA is still in coordination with Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) on EDSA traffic management. HPG will be concentrated on other areas such as C-5 for Phase 2,” said MMDA public information officer Sharon Gentalian.
The initial phase was management of EDSA, Mabuhay Lanes and other arterial roads while the second and final phase will concentrate on central, northern, western, and southern areas of Metro Manila.