The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) is set to start manning traffic outside EDSA as part of government efforts to reduce Metro Manila's traffic situation. PNP-HPG director Police Senior Supt. Antonio Gardiola Jr. told GMA News that their members will soon be deployed in 10 strategic areas from Balintawak to Pasay.
"These personnel will also be deputized to enforce traffic rules and even to issue [traffic violation] tickets," he said. Gardiola also said they will work together with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), but official functions for each agency are still being clarified. According to a report on CNN, there will be joint training for traffic enforcers from the MMDA, the Land Transportation Office, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and PNP-HPG, with all agencies having to agree on uniform penalties for traffic violations.
However, Gardiola admitted that they would need more personnel to implement this new scheme. The PNP-HPG currently has 300 cops deployed to EDSA. They need a total of 1,000 personnel so they could fully direct traffic in Metro Manila.
This move is part of the Duterte administration's initial response to solve Metro Manila's traffic while waiting for Congress to grant emergency powers to the president. In 2015, the PNP-HPG was also tapped by the government to man traffic in six designated chokepoints along EDSA.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Fhm.com.ph editors.