Don’t get alarmed if you’ve noticed increased police presence along a specific portion of EDSA as this is simply an anti-traffic measure in preparation for the upcoming Holiday season.

The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (i-ACT) has recalled members of the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) back to EDSA to augment the existing set of traffic enforcers to keep vehicular flow moving continuously.

Approved by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), 20 PNP-HPG personnel will be posted along the stretch of EDSA from the stretch of EDSA from the corner of P. Tuazon to Connecticut/White Plains while 40 others will be assigned to various other chokepoints along EDSA.

This measure was executed by the inter-agency i-ACT, which is composed the DOTr, MMDA, PNP-HPG, Land Transportation Office (LTO), and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), in preparation for the rise of traffic congestion due to the upcoming Holiday season.

“We need all the help we can get to cushion the expected rise in vehicular volume this Christmas season,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim.

According to DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure, and i-ACT head Tim Orbos, 54 apprehensions were made today. These included 19 towed vehicles, 1 impounded for colorum, 9 for not wearing a helmet, 17 illegal parking, 7 for number-coding violation, and 1 for disregarding traffic sign.