By Tracy Cabrera
In an official meeting, the MMDA jointly agreed with U-ACT, LTFRB, LTO and the PNP-HPG to intensify the campaign against the illegal use of blinkers and ‘wang-wang’. (Photo: MMDA Public Information Office)
MANILA — Citing the old policy against the illegal use of blinkers and sirens also known in the vernacular as “wangwang,” the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has warned that such devices will only be allowed during an emergency and official performance of duty or else motorists would be apprehended and penalized by traffic personnel of the agency.
The MMDA issued the warning in an official statement, stating that it will strictly comply with the policy parameters of the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) as authorities step up their crackdown against the unauthorized use of blinkers and sirens.
According to MMDA officer-in-charge director Baltazar Melgar, they have already issued a memorandum to the effect that all officials and employees of the agency are prohibited from using sirens and blinkers and other similar devices except under certain conditions like emergencies and official functions.
“Sirens and blinkers should be attached to marked MMDA vehicles and used in the actual performance of the duties and functions of the agency. Violators among our ranks will face administrative charges,” Melgar pointed out.
Aside from reinforcing the crackdown on blinkers and sirens, Melgar also announced that they have likewise ordered the pull out of its motorcycle escorts that have been detailed or assigned to various government officials and offices in support of the drive against illegal use of emergency devices.
Based on the policies being implemented by the PNP-HPG, there are specific parameters that should be met to be able to use blinkers and sirens, in accordance with Presidential Decree 96 which was issued back in 1973, and Republic 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code which was issued back in 1964.
“For authorized use of wang-wang and blinkers, the vehicle must be a marked government property which is used only during official functions or performance of duties such as emergency response and law enforcement,” PNP-HPG Service legal officer Captain Bingsky Foncardas stressed.
“Only the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are the only government officials allowed to attach and use sirens, blinkers, and other similar devices,” Foncardas clarified.
In agreement with the MMDA’s intensified campaign, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairperson Atty. Cheloy Gerafil, Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) chief Charlie Del Rosario and Land Transportation Office (LTO) expressed full support, saying this would curtail abuse in the use of blinkers and sirens. (ai/mtvn)