After being called out by the President Duterte in a Cabinet meeting early this week, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Thomas Orbos is seeking new measures to drastically reduce vehicular congestion in the metropolis.

“The President is really concerned on the traffic situation in Metro Manila and its impact to its residents,” said Orbos. The MMDA is contemplating the return of a regulation regarding truck deliveries that was implemented during Christmas 2016.

During the Holiday season last year, the MMDA issued a directive mandating all truck deliveries to malls be done between 11PM to 5AM. This time, the MMDA is considering adjusting the time of truck deliveries to between 12MN to 4AM.

The agency is set to consult with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to determine if our roads have the structural integrity to handle the load. Currently, there is a light truck ban policy on EDSA and Shaw Boulevard.

Other measures being considered by the MMDA are clearing of the Roxas Boulevard service road, filing of charges versus barangay officials who fail to keep illegally parked vehicles and other obstructions off their streets, and also flexi-time for government employees.