FILE PHOTO: Jaywalkers somewhere along EDSA
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will start this week the strict implementation of the “No Jaywalking Policy” in the main roads of Metro Manila.
The policy aims to discipline people who do not cross at the pedestrian crossing, as well as motorists and passengers who alight and ride vehicles at prohibited areas.
Areas closely monitored by the MMDA include Edsa-Muñoz, Cubao, Ortigas area, Pasay Rotunda and Commonwealth Avenue.
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Violators will be seized and fined.
“We will have a bus to make rounds. We will give them an option wherein they can pay P500 fine, or they can attend their lecture and do community service,” said MMDA OIC/general manager Thomas Orbos.
If unable to pay the fine, violators will render a three-hour community service. This is done every last Friday of the month.
Among the activities are cleaning drainage, picking up garbage in streets and cleaning up Pasig River.
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Based on the MMDA Anti-Jaywalking Unit’s records, there have been already over 2,000 seized violators from January 1 to February 14 this year.
“What I see there is, it is the commuters’ fault because they do not go to the bus stops, designated stops. We must remind commuters that it is also jaywalking. You’re not in a designated area. You’re already stepping on the road. You’re taking over the streets,” said Orbos. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue
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