By Jel Santos
A total of 100 body cameras were donated today by the transport network company Grab Philippines to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim personally received the donations from Grab Philippines head Brian Cu at the agency’s headquarters in Makati.
The agency head said the body cameras will be potent in executing the work of traffic enforcers.
“Ito yung mga gamit na kailangang namin. This will go a very long way in terms of making a difference sa pagganap ng tungkulin ng ating mga traffic enforcers. Napakahalaga nito. (We need these body cameras. This will go a very long way in terms of making a difference in performing the duty of traffic enforcers. They are very important ),” Lim said.
“Maraming, maraming salamat. Patuloy tayong magtulungan para sa ikabubuti ng Metro Manila (I am very thankful [to Grab Philippines]. We will continue to help each other to improve Metro Manila).”
For his part, MMDA OIC general manager Jose Arturo Garcia said the cameras will help apprehending hard-headed motorists who keep on violating traffic laws, stressing using such will also show transparency.
“This will show transparency ng trabaho natin kasi may evidence ng apprehension through video recording. These cameras will serve as protection ng traffic enforcers and also of the motorists,” he said.
Meanwhile, the MMDA clarified that the donation will not in any way protect erring Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) driver under Grab should they commit any traffic violations.
“There is no such order. These donated body cameras will show transparency. These gadgets will somehow protect our traffic enforcers pag minumura, inaaway or sinasaktan sila. Sa motorists naman, they will have evidence pag nanghihingi ng bribe,” Garcia said.
Garcia said the body cameras will be utilized to traffic enforcers manning Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) and chokepoint areas in the metropolis after undergoing training.
He said the agency hopes to procure more body cameras for other traffic enforcers. However, it cannot be easily done due to budget constraints.
Leo Emmanuel Gonzales, Grab Philippines Public Affairs head, expressed optimism that the body cameras would improve the MMDA’s traffic management in the metropolis.
“We are one with the MMDA. They need eyes on the road. They need to be visible during any apprehension or any part of their work para hindi masasabing may kalokohang nangyayari,” he said
The gadgets can be used all throughout the day as they have 10 to 12 hours battery life. Each body camera costs P9,000 each, Gonzales said.