October 7, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has deployed on Monday more than 100 personnel along EDSA to start going after jaywalkers and litterbugs in Metro Manila.
MMDA general manager Tim Orbos said the deployment of additional personnel in EDSA is part of the agency’s intensified campaign against jaywalkers and litterbugs to instill discipline among pedestrians and commuters in the metropolis.
“The stringent implementation of the anti-littering and anti-jaywalking measures is to ensure that pedestrians and commuters alike in Metro Manila follow the law,” Orbos noted.
“Following rules and regulations on the roads should be second nature to us all,” he added.
Orbos cited the alarming number of pedestrians, who have been ran over and died, while crossing busy thoroughfares such as Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, which earned the moniker “killer highway.”
According to Orbos, each anti-littering team is composed of four spotters and an enforcer, while the anti-jaywalking unit is composed of five enforcers, two of whom are armed with citation tickets.
He said the composite teams, which are augmented by members of the MMDA’s Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group, will be designated in Monumento, North EDSA, Cubao, Ortigas, Guadalupe, EDSA-Taft Avenue, and Coastal Road.
The MMDA has apprehended a total of 440 jaywalkers and litterbugs last Monday.
In particular, 306 were nabbed for littering and 134 for jaywalking.
The MMDA said those who were caught jaywalking will be fined P500 or may opt for three hours of cleaning an estero.
Litterbugs must pay the same amount or render eight hours of community service.
But more than the P500 fine and hours of community service, the MMDA reminded the public of the stiff consequence of these violations as the names of violators will be forwarded to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for inclusion in its alarm list or red flag unless they pay the penalty for their infractions.
The agency also said the names of the violators may be included in the NBI’s hold departure order.
Last year, an overseas Filipino worker bound for Singapore was stopped by immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport because of an arrest warrant issued by a Makati City Metropolitan Trial Court for failing to settle his anti-littering violation.
Since the MMDA enforced its anti-littering regulations in 2010, data from the agency’s website showed that the total number of anti-littering law apprehensions pegged to 265,792.
From August 2014 up to August this year, the number of apprehended jaywalkers by the MMDA personnel totaled to 50,627. – MBL