First day of Police Highway Patrol Group in EDSA: How did it go?

Deployment of the police’s Highway Patrol Group (HPG) along EDSA went generally well on Monday, the first day the group led traffic enforcement upon the directive of President Benigno Aquino III. ”Ayon sa aming mga nakuhang ulat naging maayos sa pangkalahatan ang unang araw o unang kalahating araw ng pangangasiwa ng trapiko sa EDSA ng PNP Highway Patrol Group (According to the reports we got traffic enforcement along EDSA went well in the first day or first half day upon the assumption of the PNP Highway Patrol Group,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a briefing.

The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) HPG was assigned to lead traffic enforcement along EDSA to address the worsening vehicle congestion in the metropolis, initially along this 13-kilometer road.

Six intersections have been identified as major chokepoints and these include intersections of Balintawak, Cubao, Ortigas, Shaw Boulevard, Guadalupe, and Taft Avenue.

The HPG was aided by traffic personnel from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Coloma said people have noted that traffic congestion has eased, particularly at EDSA-Balintawak area after the MMDA conducted clearing operations last week.

He said Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras admitted that there are still lots of things to monitor on this program because it is only on its first day of implementation. He said fine-tuning of traffic management along EDSA continues to improve traffic flow.

Thus, he called on the public to give feedback to help the government address the problem. The public can call the HPG Command Post for the National Capital Region (NCR) at 656-6812 and 0927-549-0326, he said.