Thursday, April 25, 2019

DOTr acts to better address traffic congestion in Metro Manila

THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Wednesday that it would divide the metropolis into at least 10 traffic sectors and to share assets among the agencies involved in the traffic management.

DOTr said that upon the marching orders of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Highway Patrol Group of the Philippine National Police, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be solidifying traffic enforcement by coming up with just one chain of command.

"Metro Manila will be split into at least 10 traffic sectors. Each will have a sectoral head," DOTr said.

Operating as one agency, the HPG and the MMDA will be sharing assets such as manpower and motorcycles, it said.

The HPG will also hook up with the MMDA command center for better traffic monitoring, it added.

The agencies are also working on coming up with uniform penalties for traffic violations. Traffic personnel will also undergo joint training.

The inter-agency initiative is a necessary move to ease traffic congestion pending appeal for Emergency Powers, DOTr said.

"We are focusing on enforcement now while waiting for Congress to grant us emergency powers. We have to do what we can do now," said Transportation spokesperson Cherie Mercado-Santos. (SDR/Sunnex)
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