MMDA welcomes President Aquino's directive designating PNP-HPG to lead traffic in EDSA

September 2, 2015 5:54 am 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Sept. 1 (PNA) – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) supports President Benigno Aquino III for designating the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) as lead traffic law enforcer along the 23.8 km-long Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA).

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said with the movement, the PNP-HPG personnel would restore orderliness along EDSA following the spate of assaults and bullying incidents on MMDA traffic enforcers recently.

”Pumayag tayo na ganun kita ninyo naman yung nangyayari noon na may mga tauhan tayo na namatay na mga sinasagi. Para mawala na rin siguro yung isssue ng familiarity pulis na muna ang ilalagay natin sa lugar,” Tolentno said in radio interview.

He noted that the deployment of PNP-HPG was also part of the security preparations to the delegates of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC).

He added the MMDA would still help in manning the traffic in case of vehicular accident or stalled vehicle.

Tolentino said that around 500 personnel from the agency’s Traffic Discipline Office, Motorcycle and Mobile Patrol units who man the traffic in EDSA would be transfered to C5 Quezon Avenue, and in the areas with on-going constructions.

Last Aug. 7, combined traffic operatives of the MMDA and the PNP-HPG dubbed as ‘Tambalan sa EDSA ng MMDA at PNP-HPG’ jointly manned traffic and enforced discipline among motorists and commuters in a bid to improve traffic management, peace and order, and public safety along the entire 23.7-kilometer long thoroughfare.

Tolentino also appealed to the public for more patience over the traffic problems in the National Capital Region, saying the government had started numerous road works to ease road congestion.

He also noted the increase in number of private cars.

“The number of vehicles is increasing very fast. If you look at the data, we have 2.4 million registered vehicles in Metro Manila. The entire country has 199,950 kilometer road network while Metro Manila has only 2.52 percent, or 5,035 kilometers and yet we have a big number of registered vehicles, which is 35 to 40 percent. So, paano natin pagkakasyahin ito?” said Tolentino.

Earlier, Tolentino said the MMDA and several government agencies such as the departments of Transportation and Communications, and Public Works and Highways were implementing various short and long term solutions for the traffic problems in the metro.

Tolentino said the road works being implemented were based on the projects recommended by the Japan International Cooperation Agency in its comprehensive study “Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila and Its Surrounding Areas.”

He added the Infra Roadmap for Mega Manila, including the ongoing Ninoy Aquino International Airport elevated expressway and Skyway Stage 3, and the planned 51-km Subway system, has already been approved by the National Economic and Development Authority.(PNA)



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