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

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

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

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

“While the objective is laudable, the NCAP implementation gave rise to more questions than answers,” he said. “It took a life of its own and became a problem by itself, an additional burden and a source of corruption institutionalized by the state.”

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

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

READ: LTO seeks suspension of ‘no contact apprehension’ policy