Hate illegally parked vehicles? Here's how you can get rid of them in the Metro
Ready your phone cameras...and Internet connection.
(SPOT.ph) The Internet is truly powerful, and our government is starting to recognize and utilize it. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) launched in early December a social media reporting system where the public can report illegally parked vehicles and other forms of obstruction along major thoroughfares in the Metro, called Netizen’s Watch. The MMDA encourages people to post photos of these road hindrances on Twitter, or send these to MMDA’s Viber hotline.
We love that everyone seems to be sending whatever road-related trouble they have to our friends over at Top Gear Philippines—but you can now also send those photos of illegal vendors’ stalls, illegally parked cars, even basketball courts, gambling tables, unfinished road repairs and structures that block the roads to the MMDA. You can complain about traffic enforcers who ask for multa, too. (Finally!) This will help the MMDA efficiently manage Manila's busy streets better. It’s like a virtual complaint desk, so your next post can actually be more than a mere rant. (We're hoping it'll be more effective than the LTFRB's "May reklamo ka?" hotlines.)
Here’s what you need to know before making a report:
- When posting on Twitter, tag the official MMDA Twitter account, @MMDA, and use the hashtag #NetizensWatch.
- For Viber, send the photos to MMDA Viber Hotline, 0906-1476-975.
- Your report should include your name, the actual picture and detailed location of where the road obstruction was spotted, and the time when it was taken.
After receiving the report, the MMDA Twitter and Viber teams will immediately verify all the information and forward it to the agency’s Traffic Discipline Office (TDO), headed by Director Crisanto Saruca, who will dispatch personnel to clear the area. The team consists of MMDA and police personnel.
Here are some of the reports we've seen:
— Jen (@jennicasc) December 20, 2015
— LloydG (@maximumwarp10) December 18, 2015
— David Correa (@rdcorr) December 16, 2015
Photos from MMDA's official Twitter page