Traffic enforcers and street sweepers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are getting additional 30-minute “heat stroke break” daily to cope with the summer heat.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim has signed a memorandum re-implementing the “heat stroke break” policy to on-duty traffic enforcers and street sweepers to protect them from heat exhaustion, heat stroke and heat cramps due to severe heat wave.
For traffic enforcers who work in shift 5 am to 1 pm, the prescribed “heat stroke break” is from 10 am to 10:30 am or 10:30 am to 11 am; for those working from 1 pm to 9 pm shift, the break time shall be observed from 2:30 pm to 3 pm or 3 pm to 3:30 pm; and for 2 pm to 10 pm shift, the break time shall be observed from 3 pm to 3:30 pm or 3:30 pm to 4 pm.
For street sweepers who are on-duty from 6 am to 2 pm, the prescribed “heat stroke break” is from 11 am to 11:30 am or 11:30 am to 12 noon; for 7 am to 4 pm shift, they shall observe 12 noon to 1 pm regular break time; while those working from 11 am to 7 pm shall observe 2:30 pm to 3 pm or 3 pm to 3:30 pm break time.
Under the policy, on-duty field personnel are allowed to leave their posts in shifts and take a break to allow their bodies to cool down.
“Heat stroke break shall be done alternately by those who are assigned in a particular area to maintain visibility of traffic enforcers and street sweepers and to ensure that field operations are not hampered,” said Lim.
Field personnel may also avail themselves of additional 15-minute break time in case the heat index in Metro Manila reaches 40 degrees Celsius and above.
The policy shall take effect until May 31, 2019. (MMDA)