• Estrada orders mass resignation of 690 traffic enforcers

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    Admitting that more than 50 percent of the 690 personnel of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau are extortionists, Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada on Monday ordered them to submit their courtesy resignations.

    “We are swamped with complaints everyday from motorists who claimed their were being victimized by extortionist enforcers. So, I ordered their mass resignation and we will start with a clean slate,” Estrada told reporters in a press conference.

    The mayor also launched yesterday what he called “traffic super body”, an interagency group composed of city and barangay officials and leaders and representatives of local transport organizations, Parents-Teachers Associations (PTAs), business groups and other stakeholders that will jointly come up with long-term solutions to address the city’s traffic problems.

    However, not all of the 690 traffic personnel will be dismissed from service as some of them are not involved in extortion activities.

    “Investigations are ongoing, but I can assure the public that those found criminally and administratively liable will face the full force of the law,” the mayor said, adding that he has now the chance to weed out misfits and those with derogatory records.

    Meanwhile, the 244 personnel of the Traffic Enforcement Unit of the Manila Police District (TEU-MPD) will man the city traffic pending the completion of the training of new enforcers.

    MTPB head Dennis Alcoreza said the first batch of new traffic enforcers, 100 of them, will start their training this week.

    Estrada said the resigned 600 traffic enforcers may re-apply. They have to pass a stricter qualification.

    The mayor was forced to issue new directives after some enforcers complained that they have not been receiving their salaries since June this year.

    Asked if the four-month unreleased salaries will be given, Estrada said “as long as they worked.”

    Alcoreza said the new set of MTPB personnel will each receive a monthly salary of P10,000, a big improvement from the P6,000 to P8,000 salary before.

    Alcoreza said about 300 new enforcers will be recruited. He clarified that no more political accommodations in hiring new enforcers.

    The traffic super body is composed of elements of the MPD-TEU, Department of Public Services (DPS), Manila Tricycle Regulatory Office,Office of the City Engineer, Manila Barangay Bureau, City Treasurer’s Office, and the Manila City Hall Action and Support Assignment (MASA), as well as officials and representatives of local transport groups such as the Consolidated Truckers Association, Fejodap, and Pasang Masda; Parents-Teachers Associations (PTAs), city councilors, barangay officials, and port operators like International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) and Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI).

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