MEMBERS of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic or I-ACT, led by Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group director Senior Supt. Antonio N. Gardiola Jr. yesterday started a major drive to clear EDSA of all traffic obstructions, particularly vendors’ illegal stalls and terminals.
“We are launching this massive program to keep traffic flowing in EDSA 24/7 by ridding it of illegal vendors, illegal terminals and even jaywalkers. At the same time, we also want to ensure that pedestrians and commuters will be safe from criminals specifically robbers and snatchers,” Gardiola said.
The HPG Task Force EDSA and other members of the I-ACT initially will go after illegal vendors in Cubao and Pasay Taft and Baclaran before sweeping on other areas in EDSA. The other priority of the I-ACT is the clearing of six identified choke points along EDSA: Balintawak, Cubao, Ortigas, Shaw Boulevard, Guadalupe, and Taft Avenue.
The official advised motorists to continue following traffic rules and regulations on EDSA where the MMDA is now implementing a ‘no contract apprehension’ policy using CCTV cameras which record all infractions in the highway.
The classmate at the Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 of PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa said they also hope that President Duterte will get the ‘emergency powers’ he need in order to synchronize all their traffic programs in EDSA.