MMDA aims to curb drunk-driving accidents

by Caroline Howard, ANC

Posted at Jun 30 2012 08:21 PM | Updated as of Jul 01 2012 04:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines – As part of its efforts to boost road safety measures, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it plans to expand random alcohol testing using the “breathalyzer” or breath analyzer to motorists.

The MMDA admits they deal with a minimum of six road accidents per day, most of them due to human error including drunk driving.

“Chairman Tolentino is hoping in the next Metro Manila council, we will come up with a regulation regulating the alcohol intake of our motorists. In 2010, we had over 587 fatal accidents. In 2011, it decreased just a little bit,” said Dorotan.

The MMDA said it will also need 37 additional nurses and paramedics for its newly-acquired ambulances to help boost its manpower needs.

“Our public safety unit is calling for volunteers to spend time and undergo training with the MMDA personnel to augment the needs when the time arises,” Dorotan said.

MMDA rescue head Edward Gonzales said the agency has already received a number of applications.

“Maraming applikante pero kailangan pumasa sa exams. Kailangan medical-related courses, mga nursing grad. Mas maganda kung may emergency medical training,” said Gonzales.

MMDA officials said there have been no fatal accidents recorded since the implementation of speed limits and motorcycle lanes on EDSA, Macapagal and Commonwealth avenues.

The MMDA is also implementing anti-jaywalking efforts to ensure discipline among pedestrians.

Fixed salary

The MMDA, the Department of Labor (DOLE) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will also conduct joint inspections on bus companies on Sunday to check if they have started paying fixed salaries to bus drivers and conductors.

“The DOLE, with the MMDA and LTFRB will do joint inspections and go around 158 bus companies and check their payroll if they’re implementing [the fixed salary],” said MMDA spokesperson Atty. Alu Dorotan.

Sine-Phone Film Festival

Ahead of expected calamities, the MMDA has launched a video-making contest aimed at restoring courtesy among motorists and pedestrians.

Sixty finalists will be selected from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

“We’ve launched a program on Sine-Phone. We will be selecting 60 finalists from Luzon, Vsayas and Mndanao and director Paul Soriano will be heading the section. The winner will have a scholarship in filming and will receive cash prizes and they will be included in the Metro Manila Film Festival,” said Dorotan.

Interested parties can send their entries through the MMDA’s Facebook and Twitter page.