A priority

August 18, 2019

FILIPINOS continue to hope that the government succeeds in addressing the monstrous traffic in Metropolitan Manila (MM) – the home of an estimated 2.8 million motor vehicles.

With only 2,000 traffic enforcers in its payroll, the undermanned Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) needs to employ additional traffic management personnel.

Due to the surge in the number of vehicles, major roads and critical intersections in the metropolis now require “round-the-clock” and “rain-or-shine” supervision of MMDA personnel.

Aware of this, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, an economist from Batangas, supports MMDA’s appeal for more funds and authority to hire additional traffic enforcers.

Recto said hiring additional MMDA traffic management personnel should be made a priority considering the worsening of the road traffic situation in the country’s premier region.

The highly-articulate senator said MMDA likewise needs to have an active “night brigade,” noting the mushrooming number of vehicular accidents, which soared to 110,025 in 2017.  

“With this epidemic in road crashes, we need more men to come to the aid of the injured and clear the road of obstructions,” said Senator Recto.

He added: “Sa loob ng nakaraang limang taon, 11,530 na sasakyan ang nadagdag kada buwan. Ito yung mga registered sa NCR (National Capital Region). Hindi pa kasama yung mula sa Cavite, Laguna, Rizal (at) Bulacan na regular na pumaparine sa Metro Manila.”

Like other well-meaning Pinoys, we continue to hope that concerned state authorities succeed in solving the monumental traffic jams in the heavily-populated metropolis.