The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said 150 more members of the Philippine National Police -Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) will be deployed on EDSA soon.

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There are currently 100 HPG patrollers assigned to help MMDA manage traffic along EDSA, MMDA said.

Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, MMDA spokesperson, said HPG-NCR chief Col. Oliver Sy Tanseco has ordered the deployment of more patrollers on EDSA starting November 8.

“Col. Tanseco said there will be a total of 250 HPG patrollers on EDSA soon. He said this is to ensure the safety and security of motorists plying along EDSA,” said Pialago.

The 250 patrollers will also address street crime especially those committed by motorcycle-riding criminals.

MMDA is the main agency managing the traffic along EDSA, and the PNP-HPG  helps MMDA in managing traffic on the major thoroughfare.

For his part, Tanseco said all their personnel were deputized by the LTO and MMDA for traffic law enforcement.

He said that they will also undergo refresher training on relevant traffic laws, including COVID-19 safety protocol when responding to emergencies.

The HPG patrollers will also provide first aid and basic engine troubleshooting assistance to motorists, Tanseco added.

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