It seems the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is facing a manpower issue with regards to its traffic enforcers.

Recently, newly-appointed MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. met with the head of the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Lt. Col. Joshua Alejandro. During their meeting, Abalos sought help from the PNP-HPG in order to augment the workforce of the MMDA.

According to Abalos, this is to help manage traffic in the metro, as well as increase the visibility of the MMDA on Metro Manila's major roads. But why is the MMDA seeking help from the PNP-HPG?

The gov't agency currently has a total of 2,187 traffic enforcers manning the roadways in Metro Manila. With this in mind, it appears that the MMDA has the manpower it needs to monitor traffic. However, 25% of the enforcers are senior citizens.

With the pandemic still present, the MMDA has exempted its senior personnel from reporting to work. Aside from that, the MMDA has also exempted pregnant personnel, as well as those with pre-existing medical conditions from going to work.

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Faced with this predicament, Abalos turned to the PNP-HPG in order to boost their workforce. Alejandro pledged to provide the MMDA with 180 HPG members to man traffic along EDSA and Commonwealth Avenue.

For its part, the MMDA is also hiring additional traffic enforcers to supplement the existing manpower of the agency. The duration of the hiring process is expected to be completed within three months.

“We need additional traffic enforcers to improve our traffic management efforts. To provide economic relief and for humanitarian consideration, we will allow relatives of said traffic enforcers, who are senior citizens, to apply and submit their applications, provided that they will be able to pass the examination and training requirements,” said Abalos.

With the virus a threat, the MMDA will need all the personnel it can get, both from the HPG as well as from the new recruits.