MMDA arms traffic enforcers with batons

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started training up to 30 female traffic enforcers who will be issued batons or "batuta" to use against hot-headed and at times violent motorists.

MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago said this first batch of enforcers will undergo training by the Traffic Discipline Office on how to properly use the batons for self-defense, as part of the required basic traffic management course.

"We have to train them psychologically, emotionally. Kasi ang usual na nai-involve mga motoristang mainitin ang ulo. Dapat malinaw ang rules of engagement — para saan, kanino pwedeng gamitin ang baton, ano ang sitwasyon?" she said on Tuesday.

[Translation: We have to train them psychologically, emotionally. Hot-headed motorists are usually the ones involved. It should be clear to the enforcers the rules when and how to use the baton.]

She added up to 200 male and female traffic enforcers will be armed as there are also 200 batons, which were donated by businessman Jaime Dichaves.

Pialago, however, said the enforcers armed with batons are under strict orders to observe maximum tolerance.

She mentioned major thoroughfares such as EDSA, Commonwealth Avenue and C-5 Road as among the areas where they will be deployed.