399 unregistered MMDA vehicles ‘probably abandoned, for rehab’ – Garcia

Published October 2, 2020, 11:42 AM

by Jel Santos

After the Commission on Audit (COA) chided the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for not registering 75 percent of its vehicles, MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia on Friday (October 2) said the 399 vehicles are “probably for rehabilitation.”

In a text to the Manila Bulletin, Garcia said he has already ordered a probe after learning about the COA report.

“Most probably ‘yan ‘yung mga for rehab, abandoned vehicles na. ‘Yung mga junk na (Those are probably under rehabilitation, abandoned, junked vehicles),” he said. 

According to the COA report, 399 vehicles, including motorcycles, of the MMDA were not registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO). MMDA reportedly has a total of 531 vehicles.

COA also noted that the unregistered vehicles are being used by MMDA traffic enforcers, while most need repair.

MMDA, COA said, should be a role model for the public as it is one of the government agencies enforcing traffic laws in the country.

The agency must strictly follow rules prescribed by the LTO for motor vehicle renewal, COA added. 

COA noted that Republic Act No. 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Code) provides that all vehicles must be registered.