Businessmen donate equipment to HPG

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The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) has donated equipment and gadgets to the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) in their effort to help improve the traffic flow in Metro Manila.

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In a text message to The Manila Times, Eduardo Yap, chairman of MAP’s traffic, transportation and infrastructure committee, said Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras requested the traffic gears from the organization.

The items include 200 pieces each of heavy duty boots, orange ponchos, rechargeable LED flashlights, reflectorized gloves, dust masks with replaceable cloth filter and six units of Canon IXUS digital cameras to document apprehension at six identified “choke points”—Balintawak, Cubao, Ortigas, Shaw Boulevard, Guadalupe and Taft Avenue.

Almendras was earlier recommended by MAP in their holistic plan to be the country’s traffic czar.

Immediately after Almendras made the request, Yap said, “We in MAP readily agreed and delivered all requested items the following day as it is essential for the troops, who are exposed to harsh working conditions, to be properly equipped to do their job as we expect.”

He added that the deployment of the HPG for traffic law enforcement was actually the group’s recommendation to President Beningno Aquino 3rd “and we want the unit to succeed.”

In an interview, MAP president Francisco del Rosario Jr. said despite the “birth pains” in the first week of taking over EDSA, the HPG will eventually handle the traffic gridlock more effectively than the constables of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

He added that he is confident that the HPG will solve the country’s worsening traffic situation, which has been immensely affecting the business sector.

“[It has a big] effect [on the]business sector. First of all, [we are late for]  meetings.
Second, it affects [what we call]work-life balance. So if the businessmen, even the ordinary people, will not be able to devote time to their family or friends, it will affect their capability of productivity,” del Rosario explained.

Meanwhile, HPG Director Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao said his men still need sunscreen, water jugs and vitamins to make their work easier.

“I remembered our men sweating under the sun, getting tanned,” he related. “We need Vitamin C, water jugs and sunblock,” he added.

The Hypro Construction and Development Corp.  also gave 24 units of heavy duty tents to the HPG.

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