The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has confirmed the appointment of the MMDA's Thomas Orbos as the undersecretary of the agency. He is set to take over duties from Anneli R. Lontoc, the former undersecretary of DOTr responsible for road transport.
In his new role, Orbos will be handling issues regarding traffic, but the scope of work will now be nationwide. On top of that, he will be heading i-ACT or the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic, a multi-departmental task force that includes the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the MMDA.
Orbos also plans to focus on improving the coordination and communication between the mentioned agencies with local government units (LGUs). At the same time, he also aims to integrate the Department of Public Works and Highways as part of the i-ACT.
Orbos will hold the Undersecretary post concurrently with his role with the MMDA. The DOTr's public information team said that they are still waiting on the final paperwork from the Office of the President to formalize the new Undersecretary's role.
Prior to this announcement, Orbos introduced the 'no window hours' policy in Metro Manila. Orbos was also the officer-in-charge of the MMDA after Emerson Carlos left the agency back in July 2016. In 2017, Orbos was also the one who proposed the 'odd-even' scheme to be implemented on EDSA. Following that, he suggested the regulation on window tints as it supposedly aided criminal activity. He then led the MMDA before the appointment of Danilo Lim as the MMDA Chairman in May of this year.