Metro Manila jaywalkers to face stiffer penalties: ₱500 fine, local ordinance violation record

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 2) — Stricter penalties will be given to those caught jaywalking in Metro Manila.

The Metro Manila Council, which is made up of mayors in the 17 local government units in the region, have agreed to deputize the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to implement their respective anti-jaywalking local ordinances, the MMDA said in a statement.

However, the MMDA added that the resolution for its implementation has yet to be signed.

Under the resolution, jaywalkers will be issued a citation ticket with a corresponding ₱500 fine, and an option to either pay the fine or render community service.

Those who refuse to do either will have their names forwarded to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for inclusion on its alarm list.

“[People] just look at ₱500 as a cheap fine, it’s cheap for them… that’s why we’re planning to forward their names to the NBI so we’ll have more teeth to apprehend these violators,” MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago told CNN Philippines.

Pialago added that the penalty might also help deter buses from illegally loading and unloading along EDSA.