MMDA: Doctors need to show PRC ID cards when flagged down for number coding violation

MANILA, March 30 (PNA) -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that physicians and other medical practitioners need only to show their updated Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) identification cards in case they are flagged down by traffic enforcers for violating the unified vehicular volume reduction program (UVRP) or number coding scheme.

MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos explained that the new guideline would allow health care professionals to hasten their travel while responding to emergencies.

"We are optimistic that this new rule will not be abused by doctors and that they will be conscientious in using this privilege," Orbos said in a statement.

Section 5(k) of MMDA Memorandum Circular No. 3, series of 2011 exempts medical doctors in an emergency case provided they are present in the vehicle.

The expanded number coding scheme covers all the circumferential and radial roads in Metro Manila and is implemented from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency