MMDA moves to make Metro Manila a smart mega-city

Published June 14, 2019, 8:37 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Jel Santos

To make Metro Manila a smart mega-city, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is eyeing to install additional LED traffic signal control system, vehicle detection systems, variable message signs and speed violation detectors in the next three years.

Danilo Lim, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman and MMDRRMC head (MMDA / MANILA BULLETIN)
Danilo Lim, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman and MMDRRMC head

Such, according to MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, is to fully implement Intelligent Transport System (ITS) in the country for better traffic management.

“The ITS will establish linkages in various cities and concerned agencies which will contribute to safety enhancement and more efficient traffic management. Operations in MMDA will become seamless,” he said during a forum.

“With regards to disaster management, we have four Urban Search and Rescue or USAR teams ready for deployment in areas in and out of Metro Manila. Rescue and paramedic teams are also on standby 24/7 for immediate response. We are ensuring they are trained in various DRRM courses and are equipped with tools for emergency operations,” Lim added.

Lim said that MMDA has been currently operating the MMDA Metrobase as its centralized communications and command center.

“We are implementing a TSS or traffic signalization system which manages traffic signals in various intersections. This includes installed engineering systems which improve the mobility of people, goods, and services. High-definition CCTV cameras are also in operation which monitors road activities live and feeds traffic updates,” he said.

As such, the MMDA Metrobase, which works 24/7, is also at the frontline of responding to public inquiries, complaints, and emergencies.

“Real-time updates and relevant advisories are readily available at our various social media accounts. We also have MMDA LED Information Boards along with strategic locations in EDSA for announcements and traffic updates.”

The MMDA chairman said becoming a smart city is not impossible, saying the country should begin by making all its systems and infrastructure efficient.

“We can provide better and inclusive public service for our people if we pour our integrated efforts into this endeavor. Let us aim for a smart city with better disaster management facilities and more inclusive mobility.”