A new Chairman will soon be leading the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
Following the death of the agency's previous chairman last January 6, retired Philippine Army Brigadier General Danilo Lim, former Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin 'Benhur' Abalos Jr. will be sworn in as the new chairman.
Abalos is expected to take his oath of office later today at the Malacanan Palace. The MMDA, however, has yet to give an official statement regarding Abalos becoming the new chairman of the agency.
This is not the first time that an Abalos has been appointed MMDA chairman. Benhur's father, Benjamin Abalos Sr., also served as MMDA Chairman from 2001 – 2002. Prior to becoming the new chief of the MMDA, however, Benhur Abalos served as the Mayor of Mandaluyong from 1998 to 2004, as well as from 2007 to 2016. He also served as Mandaluyong City Representative from 2004 to 2007.
During his tenure as Mayor of Mandaluyong, Abalos implemented a ban on riding-in-tandem motorcyclists in 2014 as a way to deter crime. As a result, males were banned from back-riding on motorcycles unless they were immediate family members or law enforcers. The implementation also received mixed reactions from motorcyclists and members of the public.
Do you think Benhur Abalos has what it takes to lead the MMDA amid the ongoing pandemic? Will his previous experience as Mayor of Mandaluyong City help him manage traffic in Metro Manila? Let us know in the comments.