After setting a deadline for clearing the obstructions on the streets of Metro Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) challenged the local chief executives in sustaining the clearing operations.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, who presided over the Metro Manila Council meeting, lauded the efforts of the Metro Manila mayors in clearing the streets of obstructions but said more has to be done.
“Our work is not yet finished. This is a continuing project. We have to maintain and sustain our clearing operations amid the increasing number of vehicles that worsen traffic in Metro Manila,” said Lim during the 26th MMC meeting at the MMDA headquarters in Makati City.
Lim cited that in the past 10 years, the volume of vehicles in Metro Manila have doubled the number while the road networks only increased by seven percent, and at least 900 vehicles are added to the daily average volume of vehicular traffic in EDSA and other major roads in the Metro.
“This is the problem which Metro Manila is facing. Cars are multiplying but the road capacity has barely changed. Infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program are underway,” said Lim.
“While waiting for the completion of the infrastructure projects, let us maintain what we have started. This is the greater challenge of the campaign. There is no overnight solution to address our traffic problems,” Lim added.
In line with this, members of the MMC have agreed to institutionalize the clearing of obstructions through a resolution that will be adopted by the 17 LGUs in Metro Manila. The MMC is the governing arm and policy-making body of the MMDA.
Meanwhile, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said barangay officials play a major role in keeping obstructions off the streets.
“It is the responsibility of the barangay chairmen to maintain cleared roads,” said Garcia.
Majority of the obstructions cleared in Metro Manila are illegally-parked vehicles, sidewalk vendors, barangay and police outposts.