Jaywalkers with unsettled tickets may soon prompt a ‘hit’ in the NBI

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) posted a note via Facebook that “jaywalkers with unsettled citation tickets will soon find themselves on the alarm list of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).”

With the stricter penalty, the MMDA may soon send the names of violators who fail to pay the penalties or render corresponding community service to the NBI for inclusion on its alarm list. For those who are not familiar with how this works, a person in the NBI’s alarm list will prompt a “hit” when they apply for an NBI clearance. This can lead to a delay in the release of the said clearance.

A “hit” is a term used by the NBI if someone in the alarm list or has a similar name with another person with a derogatory record applies for an NBI clearance. The clearance is typically used when applying for a job or a government ID like a passport.

The full post reads:

Jaywalkers with unsettled citation tickets would soon find themselves on the alarm list of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

This comes after the Metro Manila mayors 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.

“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 Garcia after the Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting held yesterday at MMDA headquarters.

As a stiffer consequence, names of the violators who will fail to pay the penalties or render corresponding community service will be forwarded to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for inclusion on its alarm list.

“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.

Presently, the MMDA has its own anti-jaywalking policy, with teams enforcing the rule. Violators are issued citation tickets with corresponding P500 fine. Jaywalkers have an option to pay the fine or render community service.

The local government units, on the other hand, also have their own ant-jaywalking ordinances implemented in their respective jurisdictions.

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