Marikina to help end traffic woes along Marcos Highway

September 03, 2019

MARIKINA City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said they will be deploying auxiliary enforcers that will help Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcers to control traffic along Marcos Highway and Katipunan Avenue.

This is in a bid to address the traffic situation along Marcos Highway from Katipunan to Antipolo.

Members and officials of the MMDA met with Mayor Teodoro for a courtesy call last Monday.

MMDA previously told the media they lack traffic enforcers.

“Marikina is committed as an auxilliary force in terms of equipment, personnel, in case of vehicular accidents, stalled vehicles along Marcos Highway and along Katipunan area. Iyon, iko-commit namin sa inyo ang personnel namin. So, close coordination lang tayo,” Teodoro told MMDA representatives.

Should there be any accident, Teodoro said their wrecker, a heavy equipment, is ready to clear vehicles and other obstructions that cause traffic in the area,especially along Marcos Highway.

Teodoro added they have other equipment that MMDA could use to clear the road, saying the Marikina is just one call away to respond.

However, the mayor clarified such operations are still under MMDA supervision. The only intention is to immediately clear the Marcos Highway in case of any accident.

Teodoro strongly believes if the traffic in the whole Metro Manila is well, Marikina City’s traffic would then also be okay that is why he is willing to help the MMDA in every way possible.

“Kasi tingin ko naman kapag maayos ang buong Metro Manila, maayos din ang Marikina. Kapag maayos, maganda ang buong Metro Manila, contributor iyan sa order doon sa individual part, sa individual cities, comprising the whole of Metro Manila,” said Teodoro.

Teodoro added that they will work hand-in-hand with the agency in clearing illegally parked vehicles in the city.

“Kapag nag-schedule tayo ng operation on illegally parked vehicles, joint operation tayo,” the mayor said.

Teodoro also vowed that Marikina LGU will provide additional signages that MMDA needs.

“Tutulong kami sa kakulangan ng signages. We are going to help the MMDA. Ganoon naman ang commitment namin kay Chairman/Gen. Lim,” said Teodoro.

MMDA representative told Teodoro that they need extra signages they can place along roads. Upon learning such need of the agency, the mayor immediately promised to provide what the agency needs to better regulate the traffic.

Teodoro also asked the MMDA to help them in dismantling illegal structures in the city.