MMDA commends Baclaran barangay chief

MANILA-- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) lauded the move of the barangay chairman of Baclaran in Paranaque to dismiss the volunteer tanod who harassed a member of the towing crew during a recent anti-illegal parking operation.

In a statement, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said barangay officials should follow the move of Barangay Baclaran head Dulio Cailles to sack volunteer tanod Michael Edison Torres who reportedly threatened to gun down members of the towing crew accredited by the agency.

We welcome such expression of support to our mission of clearing all roads in Metro Manila of all types of obstructions to improve the traffic situation, according to the MMDA chief.

Lim stated that he will support its personnel who are doing their duties but will not tolerate abuses in the agency as he explained that the towing crew are just performing their jobs in hauling off illegally parked vehicles and other road obstructions.

In his letter, Cailles told the MMDA Chairman that he has already dismissed Torres immediately after watching the TV news program, showing MMDA Supervising Officer for Operations Bong Nebrija reprimanding Torres after the volunteer tanod reportedly accosted and threatened to gun down members of the towing crew during a recent anti-illegal parking operation on Airport Road.

Cailles said he has already ordered Torres to surrender his ID, uniform and other equipment issued by the barangay to him because of the incident.

We have worked diligently and relentlessly, at least twice a day at clearing Baclaran's major roads (Airport Road, Redemptorist Road, Quirino Avenue and the Roxas Boulevard Service Road) as well as its inner roads of all illegal obstructions, including illegal vendors and illegal parking. We have likewise held regular and periodic dialogue with street vendor leaders to ensure that they obey the traffic management rules and regulations set by the MMDA, the barangay chief stated.

He assured that the Barangay Council will conduct a thorough evaluation of its personnel especially volunteers to prevent similar incidents from occurring.

Source: Philippine News Agency