The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday received a donation of body cameras for its traffic enforcers to promote transparency when apprehending traffic violators.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim thanked Grab Philippines head Brian Cu for the donation of 100 body cameras during Monday’s flag-raising ceremony.
“These are the equipment that we need. This will go a very long way in terms of making a difference in performing the duties of our traffic enforcers. This is very important. Thank you very much. Let’s continue to help each other for the good of Metro Manila,” said Lim during the turn-over ceremony.
MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said the donation would be a big boost to the agency’s operation, particularly in going after erring motorists on the road.
“This will show transparency in our jobs because there will be evidence of the apprehension through video recording. These cameras will serve as protection ng traffic enforcers and also of the motorists,” Garcia said.
He said that the donation will not in any way protect erring Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) drivers under Grab should they commit any traffic violation.
“There is no such order. These donated body cameras will show transparency. These gadgets will somehow protect our traffic enforcers who would be harassed or verbally abused. For motorists, there will be evidence if the traffic enforcers ask for bribes,” said Garcia.
He said the body cameras will be issued to traffic enforcers manning Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) and chokepoint areas in the metropolis after undergoing training.
“We are giving warning to all motorists who violate a traffic regulation, do not attempt to bribe our traffic personnel. If you know you are wrong, then just let the traffic enforcer give you a citation ticket,” said Garcia.
He said the agency hopes to procure more body cameras for other traffic enforcers in the future but it cannot be easily done due to budget constraints.
For his part, Leo Emmanuel Gonzales, Grab Philippines Public Affairs head, expressed optimism that the body cameras would help the agency in managing traffic in the metropolis.
“We are one with the MMDA. They need eyes on the road. They need to be visible during any apprehension or any part of their work to dispel any questionable transactions between the parties,” Gonzales said.
The body camera, which costs PHP9,000 each, can be used all throughout the day as they have 10 to 12 hours battery life.
Gonzales also pointed out that the donation will not spare even their drivers if they are cited for a traffic violation.
“We are putting our foot forward in saying that please go ahead. If there is erring TNVS driver under Grab that committed any violation, apprehend them by all means,” said Gonzales. (PNA)
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