In December last year, the Traffic Management, Safety and Security Department (TMSSD) of Manila Toll Expressway Systems, Inc, (MATES) initiated a community relations program dubbed as “Ugnayang Barangay sa SLEX.” The program aims to generate the support and cooperation of the communities around the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) for enhanced security and safety of motorists and commuters alike. The community coordination is expected to minimize, if not eliminate, incidents of stone throwing, vandalism, stealing of road fixtures and traffic devices and other mischievous activities along SLEX.
Like last year, about 30 representatives from different barangays again actively participated in last month’s Ugnayang Barangay, which was held at the MATES office in Calamba. TSMSD Officers and Supervisors headed by its Head, Ret. PAF Col. Chito Silbol reiterated the provisions of Republic Act 2000, or the Limited Access Highway Act, and the recent road-rage and lawless incidents within the SLEX.
Col. Silbol also expressed appreciation for the barangays’ assistance that led to the apprehension of suspected thieves and brought down the number of incidents of stoning, theft and vandalism, among others.
MATES and barangay representatives agreed to foster continuing closer coordination and communication on security and traffic concerns affecting the SLEX, its interchanges and the surrounding vicinities. A proposal was also raised to formally organize this activity.