The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has put up vertical greeneries/gardens under the flyovers and on tunnel walls along EDSA as part of its continuing effort to beautify Metro Manila. This move was quickly acted upon the recent approval of the MMDA Resolution No. 11-01, Series of 2011 which approves the implementation of the re-greening program for Metro Manila.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the greening project aims to address the urban aesthetics of the metropolis and raise environmental awareness among developers and urban designers.
“We want to revitalize Metro Manila’s ecosystem against rapid urbanization and this planting of ornamental plants is a big help. We’re hoping that urban designers and architects will incorporate environment conservation in their infrastructure projects,” the MMDA chief said.
The greenery program involves the installation of vertical plant boxes along EDSA particularly on the tunnel walls, where green ornamental plants will be planted and cultivated. Tolentino said these vertical greeneries not only beautify the surroundings but also helps reduce air pollution.
The agency’s Landscape Management Division has started the construction of vertical gardens at the P. Tuason, Shaw Boulevard, and Ayala underpass. Plant boxes will also be put up on 900 lamp posts along EDSA. Sidewalks and median islands will also undergo repair and improvement, according to Tolentino.
“This re-greening project will go beyond EDSA and will be replicated in other corridors,” Tolentino added.
The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has recently passed MMDA Resolution No. 11-01, Series of 2011 approving the implementation of the re-greening program for Metro Manila.