Congested roads, traffic moving at a snail’s pace or even stopping to a standstill.
These are just some of the day-to-day situations faced by motorists and even traffic enforcers in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares especially along Epianio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa).
Added to these problems are undisciplined public utility vehicle (PUV) and private car drivers blatantly disregarding traffic signs and traffic lights.
According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), these motorists are so brazen in violating traffic laws.
“Traffic has become a social malaise affecting our people’s productivity and the efficient delivery of goods and services in the country,” the MMDA said on Friday.
But more than the benefits from innovative traffic schemes that have been put in place, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino is engaging in an all-out effort to enforce traffic rules and restore order on the road.
To educate and train traffic enforcers and motorists thoroughly, the MMDA is launching its Institute of Traffic Management (ITM) on Monday.
Tolentino said the ITM shall be the premier educational institution for training and continuing education of all traffic management personnel, traffic law enforcers and traffic accident investigators of both local and national government agencies.
“This may be a long-term war against the negative driving habits of some of our countrymen, but I believe that the ITM will eventually be a school of hope, inspiration and pride,” he added.
The ITM, according to Tolentino, shall have the authority to grant degrees and issue certificates of training competency to government and non-government personnel involved in traffic management, traffic law enforcement and traffic accident investigations and have successfully completed training programs and courses.
It also intends to exact compliance among motorists through the establishment of a more efficient and effective traffic enforcement systems and agencies link-up while improving the integrity of MMDA and local traffic enforcers.