MMDA enforcers to undergo training on proper decorum-A A +A
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority said on Monday its traffic enforcers will undergo training on how to deal with motorists apprehended for traffic violations.
This development came after two MMDA traffic enforcers were mauled by at least six men whom they have accosted for traffic violation in Parañaque City and the shooting of another enforcer in Mandaluyong City last month by a motorist arrested for violating the agency's number-coding scheme.
Lawyer Emerson Carlos, MMDA assistant general manager for operations, said they are now finalizing the details of the program, adding that it puts emphasis on how enforcers should behave on the streets, as well as how to approach and explain the violations committed by the motorist.
"Mayroon na kaming ginagawang programa ngayon pero hindi pa kumpleto. Ang konsepto ay nakatuon di lang sa self-defense kundi on how our enforcers talk and deal with motorists na may nagawang paglabag sa batas trapiko," Carlos said, acknowledging complaints from motorists that some enforcers are rude when explaining to them their violations.
"Pinakahuli nang ituturo sa kanila ang self-defense, as it should not be the first recourse kundi ang mabuting pakikitungo sa mga motorista,” he added.
The official said the program aims to address this problem even as he appealed to the public to respect the enforcers, adding that they are just doing their job when apprehending traffic violators.
“The enforcers are doing eight-hour work standing while manning traffic and they are exposed to risks,” he added.
Earlier, the agency received flak for proposing to arm its traffic enforcers to better defend themselves from abusive motorists after one of them -- Larry Fiala -- was shot and injured by a motorist in Edsa Connecticut whom he had accosted for violating the number coding scheme.
Meanwhile, enforcers Rodivic Amante and John Rey Monghit sustained contusions and bruises after they were mauled last week by men aboard a Toyota Innova van they earlier flagged down for violating the no U-turn policy at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Airport Road in Parañaque last Monday. (AH/Sunnex)