MMDA asks Metro mayors to ‘maintain and sustain’ clearing operations

Published October 3, 2019, 9:53 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Dhel Nazario 

Chief Local Executives of Metro Manila were urged on Thursday by the MMDA to continue its clearing operations during the Metro Manila Council meeting, presided over by MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim.


Lim lauded the efforts of the Metro Manila mayors in clearing the streets of obstructions but said more has to be done.

“Our work is not yet finished. This is a continuing project. We have to maintain and sustain our clearing operations amid the increasing number of vehicles that worsen traffic in Metro Manila,” said Lim during the 26th MMC meeting at the MMDA headquarters in Makati City.

Lim cited that in the past 10 years, the number of registered vehicles in Metro Manila has almost doubled while its road network has only increased by seven percent.

Moreover, at least 900 vehicles are added to the average daily volume of vehicular traffic along EDSA and major thoroughfares in the metropolis, he added.

“This is the problem which Metro Manila is facing. Cars are multiplying but the road capacity has barely changed. Infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program are underway,” said Lim.

“While waiting for the completion of the infrastructure projects, let us maintain what we have started. This is the greater challenge of the campaign. There is no overnight solution to address our traffic problems,” Lim added.

Lim said the MMDA is always ready to assist the Metro LGUs in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to reclaim public roads.

In line with this, members of the MMC have agreed to institutionalize the clearing of obstructions through a resolution that will be adopted by the 17 LGUs in Metro Manila. The MMC is the governing arm and policy-making body of the MMDA.

Meanwhile, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said barangay officials play a major role in keeping obstructions off the streets.

“It is the responsibility of the barangay chairmen to maintain cleared roads,” said Garcia.

Majority of the obstructions cleared in Metro Manila are illegally-parked vehicles, sidewalk vendors, barangay and police outposts.

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