The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that jaywalkers with unsettled citation tickets will soon find themselves on the alarm list of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
The new penalty comes after the Metro Manila Council (MMC) has agreed to deputize the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in enforcing local anti-jaywalking ordinances of the 17 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila.
According to the new penalty, the MMDA the names of violators who fail to pay the penalties or render corresponding community service will be sent to the NBI for inclusion on its alarm list. As a consequence, those names will prompt a “hit” when they apply for an NBI Clearance, delaying its release.
A “hit” is a term used by the NBI if the applicant has the same or similar name with another person with a derogatory record. An NBI Clearance is required when a person is applying for a job or a government ID like a passport.
“We are delighted that all LGUs in Metro Manila have anti-jaywalking ordinances. We have asked them (LGUs) to deputize our men to give more teeth to the local ordinances,” said Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr.
“If we apprehend a jaywalker and he disregards the ticket, we can file charges for violating a local ordinance and forward his name to NBI,” said Garcia.
Metro Manila mayors who comprise the MMC, the governing and policy-making body, have yet to sign the resolution before implementation.
The local government units, on the other hand, also have their anti-jaywalking ordinances implemented in their respective jurisdictions.