The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) inaugurated their new Metrobase building and Traffic Control Center situated along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) corner Orense Street in Makati City, yesterday. The event was led by no less than the President Benigno S. Aquino III, who was accompanied by key cabinet officials and members of the Metro Manila Authority composed of city mayors and members of Congress, as well as the Police Director-General Alan Purisima.

The new Metro Command and Control Center houses the MMDA’s state-of-the-art Traffic Signalization System (TSS) that hopes to improve traffic condition as well as pedestrian and commuter safety around Metro Manila. The new system features 25 new fiber optic high definition Pan-Tilt-Zoom Traffic Control/Video surveillance cameras and 36 45-inch video screens that shall monitor activities.

President Aquino at MMDA

“The new system will help the MMDA to quickly provide more appropriate solutions to the problem of traffic management on our streets. Not only will it help ease traffic and the flow of goods for business, but it will also help in maintaining the safety and security of the people,” said President Benigno Aquino III.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino revealed that under Phase 1 of the TSS, it will be capable of managing 85 priority intersections and 25 traffic control and video surveillance locations around Metro Manila under a new management software system developed in Spain. The new software is supported by high-definition cameras installed in key locations around Metro Manila.

“In the future, this system will be able to manage up to 500 intersections. TSS aims to upgrade, automate, and optimize the management and traffic engineering installations around the metropolis,” said Tolentino.

The new real-time traffic control system would help improve the safety of pedestrians, commuters, and vehicles through well-coordinated signal routes resulting to faster travel time and reduction of traffic congestion.

To help in monitoring the traffic situation in Metro Manila, the MMDA installed 100 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in various strategic locations last year. The agency also launched its Traffic Mirror website featuring real-time video feeds from nine CCTV cameras installed along sections of EDSA.