- The MMDA turned its metrobase into a Pokemon Gym
- An admin posted a photo of four MMDA officials posed as members of the ‘Avengers’ that will be guarding the “Wallflowers Pokemon Gym”
- The agency also reminded players to be aware of their surroundings and not to play the game while driving as it is against the law
As the worldwide sensational mobile game Pokemon Go was officially released in the Philippines on Saturday, August 6, more and more Filipinos are getting in the bandwagon of being a Pokemon trainer.
Along with the game’s release in the country, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) posted on its Twitter account advisories that said “Don’t Pokemon and Drive” and “Pokemon Stop when driving”, which are aimed at those who take advantage of the metro’s traffic situation to play the augmented reality game.
According to MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos, Pokemon Go players will be apprehended if caught playing while driving as it is a violation of the Distracted Driving Act, and may be fined up to P15,000.
MMDA, trying to join in the Pokemon Go craze, has also designated its headquarters as a “Wallflowers Pokemon Gym”, that serves as a training ground for Pokemons and where trainers can test their skills in battle.
As posted on their Facebook page, the MMDA reminded that players planning to visit the agency, even for Pokemon-related concerns, need to be dressed properly and noted that people wearing slippers, shorts, or sando will not be allowed to enter at any time.
In the comments section, an MMDA Facebook admin revealed that they have acquired the help of Marvel’s Avengers to keep the ‘Wallflowers Pokemon Gym’ secured.
“Sila po ang mga guwardiya namin ngayon. Kailangan n’yo silang mapagtagumpayan bago makalapit sa Gym Leader,” the admin wrote; along with a picture of four MMDA officials poised as members of the ‘Avengers.’
[They are our guards today. You will have to defeat them before you are able to come close to the Gym Leader.]