MMDA on the Road

Here’s an email that’s going around lately. It’s originally entitled “How you can challenge petty abuses of MMDA personnel…”

I just reached my limit last week-end, and decided to take action against the abusive MMDA enforcers. I basically called up the MMDA head office and inquired from the Personnel Officer, Antonio Pagulayan, to clarify their policies. Here is what I got.

If any of these abuses seem familiar to you, Mr. Pagulayan has asked that you call either the MMDA hotline (136) or call the METRO BASE at 0920-938-9861 or 0920-938-9875 and ask for an Inspectorate. They will send inspectors to the place where these MMDA officers are extorting, even while you are arguing out of your apprehension.

MMDA in the Middle of EDSA1. MMDA officers are not allowed to group together in order to apprehend.

They are not even allowed to stand together in groups of 2 or more. The only time they are allowed to work together is for special operations (probably when they apprehend groups of buses for smoke belching);

2. Swerving IS NOT a traffic violation. Moving one lane to the left or right is not swerving, no matter where on the road you do it. And it is even less of a violation when you do it with a signal. Swerving is defined as shifting 2 or more lanes very quickly. So you can argue your way out of this, and call the Metro Base for help;

3. Sadly, using the yellow lane is a traffic violation and will get you a ticket. However, buses are really not allowed to go out of the yellowlane, so if you see selective apprehension of private cars only, you may complain;

4. MMDA has confirmed that your license MAY NOT BE CONFISCATED at a traffic apprehension. The only time they can do so is if you are part of an accident, or it is your third violation and you have not settled your fines yet. They are only allowed to give you a ticket, which you can contest. He recommends actually receiving the ticket in some instances, so that you can report the officer who did it.

Also, you are free to ask any of these officers for their “mission order”, which is written by their supervisor. If they apprehend you for a violation that is not in their mission order for the day, you can report them and they will receive disciplinary action.

So go out and enjoy! And drive safely!!!


  1. Finally, something to use against those abusive MMDA officers.

    Just a tip, chunk the mobile phone numbers so it is easier to read, for example 0920 – 938- 9861 🙂

  2. Swerving is NOT a violation?! Some MMDA personnel are really crooks, an MMDA officer tried to apprehend me near Ortigas flyover when I switched lane because of a new metal barrier they installed. He’s claiming it was swerving though I was able to argue my way out. It’s a good thing I have read this post, now I have something to smack up their faces next time around.

  3. You’re welcome, Islander.

    Greg, thanks for the helpful suggestion. It has been implemented.

    Normanski, just for our peace of mind, I’m still verifying if swerving indeed is not a violation. =)

  4. Good Day For clarification and information only? Bakit laging may nakabantay na mmda enforcer sa foot bridge ng magallanes during night time waiting for violation of swerving wherein mas kailangan nilang bantayan ang mga bus na nakapila and at the same time mabantayan ang mga pasahero since madilim ang lugar na ito.
    bakit? laging may traffic enforcer along edsa between magallanes and pasay road every sunday and holiday namaluwag ang traffic waiting for car na pumasok sa yellow lane. I think dapat ibuhos na mga traffic enforcer ang pagdisiplina sa mga bus driver especially guadalupe area and cubao.
    thak you very much

  5. I noticed that many taxis uses EDSA infront of SM Megamall just before MRT Ortigas Station as terminal and MMDA traffic enforcers were not doing anything to stop them. I hope something will be done to stop these taxis w/c only adds to traffic problem in the area.

  6. I’m a regular commuter passing through Ortigas in Pasig. Everyday commuters & motorists suffers from heavy traffic that reaches IPI near the Rosario Bridge. Following are my observations on the cause of heavy traffic:

    1. Left turn opening to Green Meadows
    2. Opening to lanuza St. where vehicles could make a left turn from Ortigas
    3. Opening infront of Meralco gate

    For me it’s acceptable for the the openings to Green Meadows & Lanuza since it serves as an alternate route but finf it unacceptable the opening infront of Meralco gate that serves only as a private opening for vehicles going to & from Meralco and not as an alternative route that leads to a steet. Add to that the pedestrian crossing usually for Meralco employees. Traffic is light after passing Meralco and I think closing that opening (Meralco gate) will geatly ese traffic in that area for the benefit of more people than the few “privileged” Meralco people. I also think that putting a footbridge infront of Meralco will also be a good alternative than having a pedestrian crossing, afterall the sidewalk is wide that could accomodate that footbridge. I hope MMDA can do something to help us commuters & motorists who suffers everyday from heay traffic in that area.

  7. Dear Sir,
    Good day to you,I just want to report to you on what i have experienced last July 21,2009 at around 07:30 am. at C3 corner A. Bonifacio ave.I was extorted by one MMDA traffic police force assigned on this area Accusing me of bitting yellow light. At that time it was a green light so I proceeded however the car in front of me was moving slowly and i was already more than halfway of the crossing the MMDA stop me took my license and extorted me with 100 pesos.If I wasn’t going to attend a seminar at that time I would have contested that wrong doing.I hope this complain be given action.

  8. Sir, maari po bang mapagbawalan ang mga jeepney na gumamit o magpatugtog ng mga cds at radio? madalas po kasing nagiging resulta ito ng hindi pagkakaintindihan ng pasahero at drivers. Masyado po malakas magpatutog (nakakatulig at di maayos ang kanilang mga speakers)ang mga ito at kadalasang nirereklamo ng mga tulad naming pasahero. Marami pong pasahero na may kasamang sanggol o matatanda. Ito po ay talagang hindi nakakatulong sa amin maging sa kanila. Maraming Salamat po.

  9. Manila is in anarchy when it comes to traffic violations….I don’t really know what the hell MMDA or Manila City Hall or whoever or whatever has jurisdiction with regards to enforcing traffic rules in the area are doing about traffic violators here. Motorcycles, pedicabs, and calesas are always counterflowing aginst traffic on one way streets, jeepneys are stopping whenever or where ever the hell they want to….Traffic rules and laws are non-existent in roads along Ongpin, Divisoria, and Quiapo…The worst part is if you are one of the unfortunate people whose car is scratched or bumped by pedicabs, jeepneys or calesas all you are going to get is a pathetic ” Pasensya ka na boss”….I’ve been a Manila resident all my life and things have gone from bad to worst…..I wish authorities would take some time off from looting the city treasuries to address these problems……

  10. Hi Sir, Kanina pong umaga naghatid po ako ng tito ko sa airport terminal 3, then on my way home ang daan ko po kasi pa bicutan then nung sa pag baba ko na po ng airport area then my nanghuli po saken dun sabe po nasa inner lane daw po ako kinuha mo license ko then my seminar po ako at my fine na 1000 since i don’t have time para asikasuhin po yung mga ganung bagay sabe ko po 1st time lang po naman at hindi ko po alam na my ganun doon na bawal daw sabe nila. sabe pa niya di na daw pwede areglo dahil my CCTV cam na daw. Pero nakikiusap talaga po ako na wag na po akong hulihin muna…Ang ginawa niya mag fine na lang daw ako ng 1000 di na daw ako mag seseminar at di na daw kukunin ang license ko, pinaforward niya ng konti ang koche ko tapos saka ko nag bayad at pinaalis nia nako, naiinis po talaga ko kc di ko manlang nakuha name niya dahil wala po sa uniform niya o natatakpan lang. Is there such a violatition po ba talaga?

  11. sir gud pm may isang bus po kasi n ang plate number ay TYG-680 at may pangalan n joana jesh na sasakyan po sana ng asawa ko kaninang 10:15.. pagsakay po niya at di pa masyado nakakasakay ang asaw ko at bigla nlng pinaandar ng mabilis so muntik n pong mahulog ang asawa ko, sa ngyon po ay nsa kalsada pa ang driver n un at nagmamaneho pa rin.. ang concern ko po kung ganun nlng lagi ay mapaparami pa ang mkakaranas ng disgrasya sa highway ng edsa!!


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