MMDA pushes for higher hazard pay of traffic enforcers

MANILA-- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is proposing a higher hazard pay for its traffic enforcers as part of efforts to prevent corruption in the agency.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said the agency is seeking the passage of a bill by Congress that will provide an additional PHP 6,000 hazard pay of enforcers to motivate them to efficiently fulfill their duties and improve their living conditions.

We want to improve the conditions of our personnel especially those who make ends meet, Lim said in an interview with reporters Wednesday.

MMDA traffic enforcers presently receive PHP6,000 hazard pay while their monthly salaries range from PHP10,000 to PHP15,000.

The MMDA chief will also implement its one strike policy against officials and personnel that are found to be corrupt and abusive in their performance of duty and dismiss them from office. He encouraged the public to file complaints against erring MMDA officials and personnel.

Lim also said his administration will conduct a thorough review of transactions entered into by the MMDA with the private sector and an inventory of its equipment, physical assets and personnel.

He will also propose that higher fines be imposed on traffic violators to the Metro Manila Council(MMC). The MMC consists of 17 mayors across the metropolis.

Lim appealed for the support and cooperation of the public and local government units as he pursues initiatives to cleanse the agency of corrupt personnel among its ranks and ensure that traffic laws are strictly implemented in Metro Manila.

At this time, I will not be introducing any fancy traffic scheme. By going back to basics I meant strict adherence to our existing laws, practicing a culture of discipline, road courtesy, and changing the habits of the people, Lim added.

Source: Philippines News Agency