The Metro Manila Development Authority recently hired 1,000 more traffic enforcers after discovering that a quarter of the current personnel were senior citizens and were on a work-from-home setup.
MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos gave elderly traffic enforcers early retirement and asked them to refer their relatives to replace them so that they could offset the economic impact retirement would bring.
“Ayoko naman masira ang kanilang kita dahil mahirap ang trabaho ngayon, so sabi ko na lang, anak niyo na lang, pamangkin niyo, kung sinong kamag-anak niyo ipalit niyo,” he said.
“We hired more traffic enforcers to improve visibility along major thoroughfares,” Abalos explained. “Mahirap naman yung wala tayong tao. Kaya ang ginawa ko kaagad ay nag-hire kami ng isang libo.”
Before the mass hiring, MMDA had 2,197 traffic personnel, of which 25% were seniors, according to agency data.