First week of single ticketing system deemed ‘generally successful’ by MMDA
MANILA, Philippines —It was a breeze.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Friday the single ticketing system was executed seamlessly without significant complications.
“In general, successful ang ating launch doon sa limang siyudad, wala po tayong nakita o na-observe na major na pagkakamali, challenges, issues, o complaints,” said MMDA acting chair Don Artes in a press briefing.
(In general, our launch in the five cities was successful, we did not see or observe any major mistakes, challenges, issues, or complaints.)
The single ticketing system was implemented in the cities of San Juan, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela and Quezon City as part of the new system’s dry run before transitioning to the rest of Metro Manila.
Initially, seven cities were supposed to take part in its early implementation. However, Caloocan opted to delay it by a week to train enforcers, while the city of Manila still had ordinances it had to enact.
Artes, meanwhile, admitted that the dry run showed some adjustments that need to be done, particularly in training enforcers.
“Hindi naman lahat techy, so kailangan po talaga i-train sila sa paggamit nito, kasi isa sa observations ‘yung maling inputs ng pangalan kaya hindi mag-match sa data ng LTO (Land Transportation Office),” said Artes.
(Not all of them are techy, so they really need to be trained to use it, because one of the observations is the wrong name input, so it doesn’t match the LTO data.)
“But so far, we’re doing good and the implementation is good,” he added.
Metro Manila Council president and San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, for his part, echoed Artes’ sentiments stating that the implementation of the single ticketing system was successful in his city.
According to Artes, the single ticketing system allows motorists to pay for traffic violations regardless of where they are through online means.
Because of this, confiscating of driver’s licenses is no longer necessary.