The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) named Task Force Special Operations head Bong Nebrija as the new traffic manager to oversee the traffic situation along EDSA, which will be declared a “traffic discipline zone.”
Nebrija will replace outgoing Chief Traffic Inspector Rodolfo Calpito, EDSA Special Traffic and Transport Zone head, who is set to retire this month.
“Starting Monday, Mr. Bong Nebrija will have a new big role – managing traffic along EDSA. Bong is a big loss to the task force but we need the kind of personality that he has on how to discipline road users and inspire traffic enforcers along EDSA,” said MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia.
“Nebrija is a big loss to the task force but we need the kind of personality that he has on how to discipline road users and inspire traffic enforcers along EDSA.”
Garcia said Nebrija is given the “full authority” to deal with the engineering problems along the stretch of EDSA, the country’s busiest thoroughfare and face of Metro Manila’s traffic woes.
“We have full trust on Mr. Nebrija to handle traffic problems along EDSA,” said the metro traffic head.
Acknowledging the big task on his shoulders, Nebrija vowed to restore discipline along EDSA by enforcing traffic rules and regulations seriously.
“We need to address whole caboodle of problems along EDSA. To do this, we need the cooperation of road users – pedestrians, drivers, private motorists. There should be full enforcement of the law,” said Nebrija.
There are 427 traffic enforcers deployed along EDSA, in three shifts.
To manage traffic along EDSA, Nebrija vowed to strictly carry out traffic rules concerning passenger buses, includimg bus segregation scheme, loading and unloading rules, the yellow lane policy and the closed door policy.
He also vowed to intensify sidewalk clearing operations to remove vendors on footbridges and obstructions in the vicinity of terminals.
“There will be a high visibility of enforcers, I-ACT (Inter-Agency Council for Traffic) and HPG (Highway Patrol Group) on EDSA,” said Nebrija.
“There will be a high visibility of enforcers, I-ACT (Inter-Agency Council for Traffic) and HPG (Highway Patrol Group) on EDSA.”
“We are advocating for cooperation and discipline. There is no magic here. It is not an easy task but we are not backing up on the assignment given to us,” he added.
Meanwhile, traffic officials Memel Roxas and Jun Vialu have been designated as team leaders of Task Force Special Operations, the team in-charge of clearing illegally parked vehicles, vendors and other obstructions off major roads.