By Jel Santos
The Metropolitan Manila Development Agency (MMDA) on Friday said the names of jaywalkers who will fail to settle their penalties or render community service will soon be forwarded to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for inclusion on its alarm list.
Jose Arturo Garcia, MMDA general manager, said such stiffer consequence came after the Metro Manila mayors agreed to deputize the agency in enforcing local anti-jaywalking ordinances of the 17 local government units (LGUs) in the metropolis.
Garcia said such will be implemented immediately after all mayors in Metro Manila that comprise the MMC signed the resolution
“We are delighted that all LGUs in Metro Manila have anti-jaywalking ordinances. We have asked the LGUs to deputize our men in order to give more teeth to local ordinances,” Garcia said.
Should a violator disregard a ticket issued by MMDA, the general manager said they will file charges against a jaywalker for violating a local ordinance, and his/her name will be forwarded to NBI.
“If we apprehend a jaywalker and he disregards the ticket, we can file charges for violating a local ordinance and forward his name to NBI,” he said.
MMDA’s citation ticket for jaywalking currently costs P500. 00. Violators have a choice, it is either they pay the fine or do community service.
Meanwhile, LGUs in the metropolis have their own anti-jaywalking ordinances.