MANILA, Philippines — When it comes to managing traffic, authorities in Manila believe that mothers know best.
The city government has tapped at least 200 moms who accompany their kids to schools to enforce traffic rules in nearby streets.
The mothers who signed up for the program will be trained for a month and will receive a monthly stipend of P6,000, said Dennis Alcoreza, director of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau.
The local government is targeting a ratio of one traffic enforcer for every 1,000 schoolchildren. The enforcers will be assigned to man the streets within the vicinity of their children's schools, Alcoreza said.
"Our children are exposed to road hazards and risks while they go to and from their schools so we thought of tapping the mothers to assist them,” Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada earlier said.
The new hires are meant to beef up the city's traffic management force, which is anticipating the dismissal of several traffic enforcers who are facing extortion allegations, Alcoreza said.
The mommy traffic enforcers will be authorized to issue tickets for traffic violators, he added. -With reports from Dennis Datu, DZMM