Robie de Guzman
The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has started manning the traffic on EDSA on Monday with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Officers from the PNP-HPG Traffic Enforcement team began their duty around 5 a.m. with MMDA traffic constables.
They were deployed to manage the vehicle flow and watch out for traffic law violators along the stretch of EDSA from Timog to Ortigas.
MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said this portion is considered the most critical as this stretch has many intersections and daily traffic volume is heavy, based on their monitoring.
MMDA traffic law enforcers, meanwhile, will man the traffic from Timog to Balintawak and from Ortigas to Pasay.
The agency earlier said the team-up between the HPG and MMDA seeks to apprehend errant motorists who violate traffic rules and reduce the congestion problem in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.
It will also be implemented to take advantage of the HPG authority, and to help MMDA traffic law enforcers against aggressive and “hard-headed” motorists.
“Kasi wala naman sila takot sa MMDA eh. Alam mo talaga sobra yung pambabastos nila sa atin sa kalsada for the reason na for the longest period of time eh yung mga enforcers natin ay kung ano anong kalokohan ang ginagawa, so ang hirap disiplinahin,” Nebrija told UNTV News in a phone interview.
Some motorists have expressed support to the presence of HPG on an EDSA stretch to help discipline motorists.
“Mas maganda kasi mas magiging disiplinado ang mga driver,” said Joel Austria, a public utility bus driver.
“Siyempre karamihan natatakot yan sa kanila eh kaya malaking bagay sila po,” said Vicente Bisueña III, also a public bus driver.
However, the MMDA official said the public should not expect big changes in the management of EDSA traffic with the new set up.
“This is not a miracle pill na magkakaroon tayo ng milagro ngayong araw na to mawawala na yung traffic, itong pagsasanib na to more than anything else is strengthening our traffic management and enforcement as well,” he said. RRD (with details from Correspondent Mon Jocson)