MMDA to hire 400 traffic auxiliaries

February 20, 2014 11:34 am 

MANILA, Feb. 19 — To ease the anticipated monstrous traffic situation in the metropolis due to the simultaneous road projects, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is now accepting additional personnel to man traffic in the metropolis.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino told reporters on Wednesday that they are now accepting applicants for 400 traffic auxiliaries that would augment the agency's current manpower.

He said the 400 traffic auxiliaries will acts as force multiplier and will only assist traffic enforcers who are allowed to apprehend traffic violators and issue citation tickets.

Currently, the MMDA has around 2,000 traffic enforcers designated all over Metro Manila.

The MMDA chief said that aside from the agency’s traffic enforcers deployed in the construction area, it also required contractors to deploy at least 50 'flag men' at the construction site to guide motorists.

Contractors have started the construction of Skyway 3 project and the NAIA Expressway Phase 2. Other projects also scheduled for construction within the next coming months are the Gil Puyat-Makati-Avenue-Paseo de Roxas underpass; Sta. Monica-Lawton Avenue bridge; CP Garcia Avenue-McKinley Hill ramp; repair and asphalt overlay of Magallanes Interchange; EDSA-Taft Avenue flyover; MRT Line3/LRT Line 1 extension common station; LRT Line 2 East extension up to Masinag; LRT Line 1 Extension (Cavite); EDSA-Roosevelt Ave. interchange; Espana Avenue-Lacson Avenue interchange; repair and rehabilitation and improvement of South Superhighway Makati; the NLEX-SLEX connector road; and the EDSA-West Avenue-North Avenue interchange.

Tolentino said one of the requirements for applicants is he must be at least 2nd year college.

Asked for the budget, Tolentino that they would request for additional budget for hiring the additional traffic enforcers.

He added so far there are some 50 to 60 applicants for the position as traffic auxiliary which is also open for women.

He said traffic chaos might be experienced in the coming months with the overlapping of construction projects from the third quarter of 2014 up to fourth quarter of 2015.(PNA)

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