MANILA - Ten employees of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) were sanctioned for violating government protocols implemented under the enhanced community quarantine.
In a statement, the agency said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim ordered the penalties and sanctions against the erring employees who violated quarantine protocols, such as the "no backriding" policy, not wearing of face masks and physical distancing, among others.
“We do not condone recklessness and grave misconduct of our personnel that’s why we ordered sanctions against them,” Lim said.
Among those who were penalized were three traffic personnel who were found violating the no-backride policy, based on complaints received on social media.
The three traffic personnel were placed under 30-day suspension, and were issued a traffic violation ticket with a penalty of P5,000.
A metro aide was also terminated from service for alleged physical violence against his live-in partner and her minor child. The incident occurred on April 26 in their residence. A concerned citizen reported the incident to barangay officials.
Two other traffic aides were meted with 90-day preventive suspension for violating physical distancing and drinking in public places amid the liquor ban in Makati City. A technical assistant, on the other hand, was terminated from service for the same violations. The three were caught by authorities having a drinking spree in Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo in Makati last April 8.
A traffic aide in Las Piñas was also placed under preventive suspension for not wearing a face mask or any protective gear while on duty at a checkpoint at the Alabang-Zapote Road.
Meanwhile, two traffic aides were terminated from service for robbery extortion. Both were arrested last April 17 for extorting money from food delivery motorcycle riders along EDSA Ayala and in Barangay San Lorenzo in Makati City, the MMDA said.
Following the sanctions, Lim encouraged private citizens to report violations by agency personnel and frontliners.
“We are very serious in our battle against COVID-19. We cannot afford to waste the agency’s efforts because of some employees who are blatantly disregarding the ECQ guidelines.” Lim stressed.