In an unprecedented move today, Manila Mayor Joseph Erap Estrada has fired ALL Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau personell for alleged corruption.
“I want them all out, no exception,”Estrada said.
His order covers 600 traffic enforcers and 90 office personnel of the MTPB. The mass firings came after the Mayor reportedly received numerous complaints of extortion and other illegal activities that MTPB were involved in.
Of course the city still needs traffic enforcers and aides, and to that end there will be openings for around 300 new enforcers starting today.
The recently sacked personnel can still re-apply, but they will have to meet a new set of standards that will be determined by a special selection comittee.
Aside from cleaning their ranks of corruption, Manila is also looking into increasing the salaries of traffic enforcers from Php 6,000 to Php 10,000. Estrada has also launched a “traffic super body” to oversee stricter implementation of traffic rules in the city, as well as come up with solutions to decongest its perenially traffic-choked roads.
The agencies included in the super body are Manila’s Department of Public Safety, MPD-TEU, Manila Tricycle Regulatory Office, Office of the City Engineer, Manila Barangay Bureau, City Treasurer’s Office, and the Manila City Hall Action and Support Assignment.