Over 1,000 Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcers have not reported for work over non-payment of their salaries since February, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said on Tuesday.
Lim told a congressional briefing on the implementation of the motor vehicle inspection system (MVIS) and on recent traffic accidents in the country conducted by the House Committee on Transportation headed by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento of Catanduanes of the ujpaid wages.
“These auxiliary [traffic enforcers]are not getting their salaries. It’s really hard to find them and make them go back. This is one of the main reasons why the number of our traffic enforcers is decreasing,” he also told reporters.
“We are talking about hunger here, that’s why our traffic enforcers are not reporting for duty,” Lim said.
According to him, an MMDA traffic enforcer earns P6,000 to 8,000 a month.
Only 2,500 MMDA traffic enforcers, he said, are regular employees.
Lim noted that such lack of traffic enforcers worsens traffic jams since 30 percent of the registered 2.5 million vehicles in the country ply the roads of Metro Manila.
“Our traffic problem [results from]volume of vehicles. There are really a lot of vehicles in Metro Manila. In fact, the Metro Manila roads can only ideally accommodate five percent of the 2.5 million registered vehicles,” he said.
The former military official added that building more roads, skyways and subways is the best solution to decongest traffic.
The MMDA, Lim said, is also considering implementing a two-day number coding scheme wherein a vehicle will not be allowed to ply the Metro Manila roads twice a week.
“But of course, we can’t do it without the support of our Metro Manila mayors,” he added.
Metro Manila is composed of 16 cities and the town of Pateros.
The 16 cities are: Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig and Valenzuela.