MMDA to allow traffic enforcers to take 30-minute breaks
Honestly, we'd never notice the difference.
(SPOT.ph) Starting on March 25, street sweepers and traffic aides will be allowed a 30-minute break in their eight-hour shift. Called the “heat stroke break,” Inquirer.net reported that it was started by ex-Metropolitan Manila Development Authority head Francis Tolentino and permits outdoor workers to take cover from the sun between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“They can drink water and leave their posts to seek shelter from the sun, said Chris Saruca, head of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Traffic Discipline Office.
The break is to be implemented daily, and personnel can also take an additional 15-minute rest if the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius. The MMDA is taking further measures against heat stroke by handing out bottles of water to workers as well as allowing them to wear their summer uniform, which is composed of short pants and a polo shirt.
Despite the breaks, there will be no lack of traffic enforcers manning the streets, as the breaks are to be taken on rotation.
The “heat stroke breaks” will be implemented until May.
Photo from MB.com.ph.