Manila, Philippines --- The anti-heat stroke campaign of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has earned the backing of water concessionaire Manila Water that provided hundreds of water jugs and tumblers for the agency's frontline workforce, particularly traffic enforcers and street sweepers.
MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino expressed appreciation to the Manila Water for its support to the traffic enforcers deployed in major roads and strategic locations in the metropolis.
"These are very helpful to our employees assigned to the different major thoroughfares such as EDSA who brave the scorching heat of the sun and experience dehydration especially this summer season where increasing temperatures predispose our employees to heat strokes," Tolentino said.
Manila Water's Estelita Orodio said the company has donated 300 water jugs and 100 tumblers to be placed in various command posts of the agency along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.
The water tumblers, on the other hand, will be distributed among the traffic enforcers of MMDA.
"In addition to the 2,000 foldable water containers that Manila Water has provided the agency last year, we are providing 300 units of 6-gallon water jugs and additional 100 tumblers in support of the MMDA's 'anti-heat stroke program," Orodio said.
MMDA has started implementing a daily one-hour "heat stroke break" from 1pm to 2pm and 2:30pm to 3pm for its outdoor workers to protect them from the searing heat of summer.
The special break is available for traffic constables and street sweepers who are on duty at daytime. Under the policy, they are allowed to rest and take a break from 1:30 pm to 2pm and 2:30 pm to 3 pm.
The heat stroke break will be implemented through rotation so a skeletal force of one to two personnel will remain at their posts at any given time. (Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren)