THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) gave an additional 30-minute anti-heat stroke break to all their traffic enforcers and street sweepers to help them cope with the summer heat.
MMDA Public Information Office head Sharon Gentalian said 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 from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. shift, the prescribed “heat stroke break” is from 10 to 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 to 11 a.m.; for those working from 1 to 9 p.m. shift, the break time shall be observed from 2:30 to 3 p.m. or 3 to 3:30 p.m.; and for traffic enforcers in 2 to 10 p.m. shift, the break time shall be observed from 3 to 3:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For street sweepers who are on-duty from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., the prescribed “heat stroke break” is from 11 to 11:30 a.m. or from 11:30 to 12 noon; for street sweepers in 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift, they shall observe 12 noon to 1 p.m. regular break time; while those working from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the prescribed break shall be observed from 2:30 to 3 p.m. or 3 to 3:30 p.m. break time.
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.
On-duty field personnel are allowed to leave their posts in shifts and take a break to allow their bodies to cool down.
The anti-heat stroke break will take effect until May 31.
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.