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Solon seeks to replace MMDA with Metropolitan Manila Government

Solon seeks to replace MMDA with Metropolitan Manila Government image

Eric Tipan / Brent Co | April 18, 2017 08:56

Bill creating Metropolitan Manila Government filed in Congress

Are you ready for a Governor to handle the pressing problems hounding Metro Manila and its residents?

A new bill filed by Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza proposes the formation of a Metropolitan Manila Government headed by a duly elected governor, vice-governor and members of the Metropolitan Manila Council (MMC), to replace the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Under House Bill 4758, the Metropolitan Manila Government shall have the same jurisdiction, powers, functions, duties and responsibilities as the MMDA.

Members of the MMC shall be elected from each of the 17 congressional districts within Metro Manila. These are composed of the cities of Caloocan, Manila, Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Malabon, Marikina, Navotas, Parañaque, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela, and the municipality of Pateros.

The bill also states that the governor, vice-governor, and members of the MMC shall have a term of three years with the possibility of holding office for three consecutive terms.

According to Atienza, the MMDA is poorly setup and this is what prevents it from being effective in managing vehicular congestion and other problems plaguing Metro Manila.

"For several decades now, the MMDA has not been as responsive as needed in addressing the pressing concerns of the residents of Metro Manila, particularly those of the perennial traffic and peace and order, which take a heavy toll on the area’s economy and development. The current MMDA Chairman merely coordinates -- when the agency should be concerned with planning, development, and delivery of services," said Atienza.

Atienza’s solution is the creation of a permanent body, elected by the people, who will have the authority to develop a master plan to handle traffic congestion, flooding, peace and order, and garbage.

"We need to have an elected Governor to implement a master plan for development to address all these concerns and who will be held accountable to the people... An elected Governor would also be more sensitive to what needs to be done, ensuring a better, more effective working relationship with the Mayors," added Atienza.