The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will deploy a mobile command center to monitor not only the traffic condition in the metropolis but also for emergency and security surveillance operations incidents in this year’s observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ days.
According to MMDA Traffic Discipline Office Chief Atty. Yves Gonzales, “Agila 2” will be on first field test for the mobile command center in this year’s Undas.
Agila 2 is a converted bus that is equipped with cameras which will prove useful in “blind spots” not covered by the MMDA’s CCTV camera network in Metro Manila.
Agila 2 is the second rolling command center after Agila 1, a van that was converted to monitor and respond to traffic incidents which is also fitted with close circuit television camera (CCTV), high resolution camera capable of 360-degree view and a micro-wave antenna, among others, to take footages of traffic situation that could be relayed to the MMDA command center in Makati City through a wireless network. The vehicle has also its own portable power generator for emergency purposes.
Agila 1 was earlier deployed to keep track of the exodus to the provinces for Holy Week.
For his part, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the agency deployed 2,387 personnel composed of clean-up crews in public cemeteries and traffic enforcers since Oct. 26 up to Nov. 5 for “Oplan Kaluluwa.”
Tolentino said majority of the MMDA traffic enforcers are tasked to ensure the smooth flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic along Metro Manila’s thoroughfares leading to the major cemeteries.
Mobile patrol units, traffic enforcers, police personnel and medical teams will be deployed throughout Metro Manila, especially in the large cemeteries and memorial parks. Public assistance stations will also be set up at strategic locations.
“Our enforcers shall strictly monitor and manage traffic, particularly at bus terminals and roads leading to the South Luzon Expressway and North Luzon Expressway,” Tolentino said.
In another development, MMDA said it would ask the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to require bus companies to install close circuit television cameras (CCTV) on their units.
“Kakausapin natin ang LTFRB na i-require ang mga kumpanya ng bus na maglagay ng CCTVs bago sila makakuha o makapag-renew ng prangkisa,” Tolentino said Sunday.
Tolentino said aside from its role as a crime-deterrent, CCTVs installed on public utility buses (PUB) could also help authorities investigating road accidents involving PUBs.
But the official acknowledged that bus operators may oppose the plan due to the cost involve in installing the CCTV.