- MMDA Traffic Enforcement first batch trainees underwent self-defense training
- The specific training includes mixed martial arts and proper use of baton
- MMDA Pialago said this is just the beginning of other important trainings for their team to be more competent in handling irate and violent motorists along the busy streets of EDSA
Traffic enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) underwent a special self-defense training on Wednesday, February 21.
The “yellow lane” – assigned enforcers were trained to use batons to defend themselves against violent drivers.
In November 2017, MMDA reminded motorists, private and public utility vehicles to comply with the re-implementation of the yellow lane policy. “Yellow Lane” refers to the first two lanes from the sidewalk, designated for buses, jeepneys, UV Express, school buses and P2P buses.
According to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago in an interview with Unang Balita, the first batch of trainees includes 30 female enforcers and other traffic personnel assigned to EDSA yellow lanes.
The training was conducted after the agency received the 200 batons. They will be trained by the Philippine Tapado Kali Corporation, a group of expert trainers who are adept in indigenous Filipino mixed martial arts.
Aside from the “yellow lane” enforcers, the Traffic Emergency Response Team (TERT) of the MMDA will also be given batons, Pialago said.
The MMDA spokesperson also shared that this is just the first among the series of trainings that the enforcers would have to undergo through. Psychological, mental and other physical trainings are next in line for the MMDA personnel.
“Ang objective ay magkaroon ng self defense knowledge sa mga violent motorists,” Pialago said. [ The objective is for them to gain self-defense knowledge for violent motorists.]
She also added that MMDA might purchase body cameras to ensure that traffic enforcers will be able to document how they handle any violent situations and to also monitor abuse or violation of any rights of the motorists.
MMDA is also considering whether traffic enforcers will be given authority to arrest coercive motorists. The agency began to address these issues after a video of a violent female motorcycle rider who attacked an MMDA enforcer after the officer caught her with no helmet went viral. The MMDA spokesperson said it will file criminal charges against the female motorist.