MMDA open to probe NCAP, to coordinate with other agencies on implementation


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 10) — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Wednesday it was open to calls for an investigation into its No Contact Arrest Policy (NCAP) and pledged to work with other government agencies regarding its implementation. .

“The Authority welcomes the call for a legislative inquiry into its NCAP which has been in place since 2016 and will certainly cooperate with other branches of government and agencies to ensure a more effective and orderly implementation of said policy” , the MMDA said in a statement. .

During his keynote address on Tuesday, Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Ace Barbers called for the “immediate suspension” of NCAP following questions and complaints about its implementation.

“While the goal is laudable, the implementation of NCAP has raised more questions than answers,” he said. “It took on a life of its own and became a problem in itself, an additional burden and a source of state-institutionalized corruption.”

Besides MMDA, other local government units (LGUs) in the NCR, such as Manila, Parañaque, Quezon City, and Valenzuela, are also implementing NCAP in their areas. The MMDA said it respects their autonomy “in developing and implementing their own traffic rules”.

Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Teofilo Guadiz III also called on LGUs to suspend their policies and meet with the agency to iron out the guidelines amid complaints from motorists, including drivers of public utility vehicles.

READ: LTO calls for suspension of ‘no-contact apprehension’ policy


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