QUEZON CITY, June 18 (PIA)--Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim said he will write a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte requesting for the revival of hazard pay of its traffic enforcers.
Addressing close to 300 traffic enforcers during their formation on Monday, Lim acknowledged their efforts as frontliners manning and managing traffic along EDSA, the metro's most busy thoroughfare.
"I understand your plight in manning your posts and we have been pushing for the granting of your hazard pay considering the risks you encounter daily," Lim told traffic enforcers.
Recently, a research team led by Emmanuel Baja of the National Institute for Health-University of the Philippines revealed in its study that traffic enforcers on EDSA face health risks which include high blood pressure and respiratory problems due to exposure to black carbon and heavy metals.
The MMDA chair also took the occasion to remind traffic enforcers about discipline that must start among their ranks.
"Since I took over, we have dismissed a lot because of illegal activities that still happen," said Lim.
Lim assured traffic enforcers their needs are addressed and well taken cared of as long as they perform their duties well but also vowed to crack a whip against enforcers who engage in corrupt practices.
"Low salary is not an excuse to engage in unscrupulous activities," he stressed.
According to Lim, the MMDA leadership is doing its part in looking after the welfare of traffic enforcers, citing that medical assistance and insurance support are provided to them.
"Do not lose hope. We have so many plans. Expect more good things to come our way and as front-liners, you are the first who would benefit. Just render excellent public service in the performance of your duties," said Lim.
In 2017, the MMDA asked the House of Representatives to pass a law providing hazard pay and salary increase of traffic enforcers. (PIA InfoComm)