Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada ordered yesterday the mass resignation of 690 traffic enforcers of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau after receiving complaints from motorists about their alleged extortion activities.
“Today, I am issuing an order for all traffic enforcers of the MTPB to step down and turn in their resignation letters. I want all of them out, with no exceptions,” Estrada said during a press briefing.
Estrada said he has been receiving numerous complaints that many MTPB traffic personnel are involved in extortion and other illegal activities.
He said investigations are already underway and assured the public that those who would be found criminally and administratively liable will face the full force of the law.
Estrada issued his order as the city government formally launched the Manila “traffic super body,” an interagency group composed of city and barangay officials and leaders and representatives of local transport organizations, Parents-Teachers Associations (PTAs), business groups and other stakeholders.
The will jointly come up with long-term solutions to address the city’s traffic problems.
Estrada admitted that his termination order would affect the livelihood of the MTPB personnel and their families.
“We will start with a clean slate,” Estrada said.
Estrada further said that the sacked MTPB personnel may re-apply provided they meet the new set of stricter qualification standards the special selection committee has formed. (Betheena Kae Unite)