Metro Manila mayors would like to extend the services of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) under the Philippine National Police (PNP) in manning traffic along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
HPG Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao on Friday said the Metro Manila Council (MMC) is drafting a resolution urging the extension of their traffic management services until December.
The MMC, the policy-making body of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), is composed of Metro Manila mayors.
“They saw the effectiveness of HPG personnel in manning traffic, so eventually they are asking for the extension of our services,” Gunnacao said.
He added that it is up to President Benigno Aquino 3rd to approve the MMC resolution.
“It depends on the President’s decision but the mayors wanted to extend our services until Christmas,” Gunnacao said.
He added that the MMC expressed gratitude to the HPG because they improved traffic along the 23.8-kilometer long EDSA.
Meanwhile, in a move to address traffic congestion on Edsa, the Special Traffic Committee of the MMC agreed to clear alternate roads of traffic obstructions such as illegally parked cars.
Gunnacao said the Metro Manila mayors decided to help in clearing the Mabuhay lanes in their jurisdiction.
“The local government units will help clear Mabuhay and Christmas lanes of obstructions or illegally parked vehicles,” he added.
Gunnacao said they are open to any ideas that will help address the worsening traffic along EDSA.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said HPG and the Metro Manila mayors have established a harmonious relationship.
The MMC, he added, proposed to have a unified traffic management system to further improve traffic in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila).
Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno said they suggested the creation of a Metropolis Traffic Management System and give the MMDA the full authority to enforce and manage traffic.
“It means the local government units must sacrifice to give the MMDA the full authority. There will be one law, one ticket, one penalty and there will be no boundaries. Traffic management will be centralized,” Moreno added.