The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) means business in getting a tough assignment at Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), highly touted as Metro Manila’s concrete jungle.
“Seryoso na tayo na manghuhuli ng mga pasaway na motorista (We are serious in apprehending hardheaded, stubborn motorists),” PNP-HPG director Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao told DZRH News through Neil Ocampo’s “ACS Balita” segment on Friday morning.
Gunacao also said that since Monday, PNP-HPG apprehended 271 traffic violators, most of them are cases of traffic obstruction – illegal parking, illegal unloading, illegal changing of lanes, illegal entry and unnecessary traffic blockade. Most of the apprehended motor vehicles were privately owned or private transports.
He also said on HPG’s first day in EDSA his men apprehended more traffic violators the number of apprehended traffic violators was reduced significantly because motorists were now following traffic rules and regulations.
With the apprehensions, Gunnacao said that no bribery reported from his men because of the cooperation of the public.
Although flow of traffic along EDSA remains heavy, Gunnacao urged the public to extend their apologetic and asked for their prayers to ease the traffic flow.
Gunnacao said that they continue to think more strategies to be implemented along EDSA to further ease congestion.
The PNP-HPG also thanked private firms for donating tents and equipment that help improve the flow of traffic along EDSA.
Gunnacao said they received 24 tents from Hypro Construction and Development Corp. to be used as command post in the six chokepoints – Balintawak and Cubao in Quezon City, Ortigas and Shaw Blvd. in Mandaluyong City, Guadalupe in Makati and Pasay City Rotonda.
The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) also donated 200 orange raincoats, 200 rubber boots, 200 rechargeable LED flashlights, 200 pairs of gloves, 200 facemasks and six digital cameras in PNP-HPG.
Gunnacao said that the continued support from various groups would be a big help to HPG and its personnel, who would be inspired to work harder in improving the traffic situation along EDSA.
He also asked the private firms to donate vitamins, water jug and sunblock for the traffic enforcers to protection against sunlight so that their bodies could be shielded from harmful effects from the heat of the sun. (Joel C. Atencio)