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Recto says MMDA should triple its permanent crew to ensure 24-7 traffic management

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Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is backing the appeal of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to hire more traffic personnel.

“MMDA needs an active night brigade,” said Recto as he cited the surge in the number of vehicles would require “round-the-clock and rain-or-shine.” “Sa loob ng nakaraang limang taon, 11,530 na sasakyan ang nadagdag kada buwan. Ito yung mga registered sa NCR. Hindi pa kasama yung mula sa Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, na regular na pumaparine sa Metro Manila,” he added.

Another reason is the increasing number of vehicular accidents, which in 2017 soared to 110,025 reported cases, Recto said. “With this epidemic in road crashes, we need more men to come to the aid of the injured and clear the road of obstructions.”

With only 2,000 traffic personnel on its payroll, MMDA is 5,000 short of the 7,000 field staff it needs, MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said in a social media post.

The agency has 2,955 permanent employee and 7,077 casual, temporary, project-based and “job order” employees.

“Ilan na ba ang dapat i-regularize, lalo na ‘yung mga frontline workers? Ano naman ‘yung mga benepisyong dapat ibigay doon sa mga naaarawan, nauulanan, at naalikabukan sa kalsada?” Recto asked.

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