MMDA-Bloomberg Project: "Enforcement of the 100% Smoke Free Environment Policy in Metropolitan Manila"


Atty Francis N. Tolentino delivering his message during the Summit Conference on Smoke Free Environment Policy in Caloocan City.

MMDA is a recipient of a grant from the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, a not-for-profit scientific organization working in the field of lung health worldwide and who manages grants programmes for tobacco control supported by the World Lung Foundation with financial assistance from the Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The goal of the project is to ensure the enforcement of local issuances related to the reduction of tobacco use in Metro Manila based on the RA 9211 (Tobacco Regulations Act) and the Civil Service Circular No. 17 on smoking prohibitions. Various strategies on information, education and communication campaigns, advocacy, strict implementation and enforcement of local policies on anti-smoking will be employed to ensure that a 100% Smoke Free Environment is put into effect and sustained in the cities.

The project will run for 24 months from July 2010 - June 2012 and will be implemented in partnership with the 17 Local Government Units (LGUs) of Metropolitan Manila. Activities will be coordinated with the efforts of national agencies and organizations working for the enforcement of the policies.

This project will be managed by the Health, Public Safety and Environmental Protection Office, with the MMDA-Bloomberg Project Management Team.

Development Planning: The MRT 7 Extension Project


Metro Manila Mayors, RDC- NCR representatives, and various participants from LGUs put together to discuss MRT 7 Extension Project at the MMDA Building, August 6, 2010.

The MRT 7 Extension project was endorsed by the Regional Development Council for National Capital Region (RDC-NCR) Infrastructure Committee to the RDC-NCR Proper.

The Project is assigned to the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) in coordination with the MMDA, concerned local government units and the RDC-NCR.

It will benefit thousands of Metro Manila commuters who traverse across the boundaries of Quezon City and North Luzon and is estimated to take 3 years to complete.

The project consists of a 22-kilometer, six-lane asphalt road that will connect the North Luzon Expressway to Tala, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. It will run in a northeast direction traversing Quezon City and part of Caloocan City and ending at San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. It will have 14 stations.

MRT 7 will be operated by the Universal LRT Corporation (ULC) under a Built-Gradual Transfer-Operate-and- Maintain Scheme.

Recognition of Outstanding Traffic Enforcers


Armored with values and consistent commendable performance in traffic directions and control functions,2 MMDA Traffic Enforcers were recognized by the MMDA as "Traffic Enforcers of the Week".

In a positive move to encourage efficiency, productivity and integrity, the Agency launched the "Traffic Enforcer of the Week and/or Month". Thus, last August 23, 2010, two enforcers were recognized during the Agency's Monday flag-raising ceremony for their outstanding performance in the field of traffic management.

Traffic Aide II Reynaldo A. Del Rosario and Traffic Enforcer II Tristan Jessie Neneria were recognized for enforcing the traffic rules and not accepting offered bribes.

Traffic Enforcers on Graveyard Shift


Oplan 24/7 was launched on August 16, 2010. Under the program, the Agency formed teams of night duty personnel composed of select MMDA traffic enforcers, who are on duty from 10 pm to 6 am, 7 days a week.

The graveyard shift enforcers are tasked to apprehend or arrest traffic violators; assist in road accidents, identify measures to prevent road and traffic obstructions; monitor flooding and/or calamities; and supervise traffic flow.

The enforcers are equipped with emergency gadgets and accessories, radio-communication facilities and paraphernalia for traffic personnel. The shift is manned by 40 traffic enforcers and 30 members of the Road Emergency Group. 

Anti-Colorum, Anti-Traffic Violation Drive


Vehicles such as taxi, van,and bus were apprehended at the impounded area,Pasig City.

The Agency cracked down on buses, jeeps and taxis operating without a license and violating other traffic laws.

This immediately freed up EDSA from previously-perennial traffic jams, and resulted in the following:

  • 66,296 tickets issued from July 26 - August 23, 2010
  • 234 tickets issued to colorum vehicles
  • 311 vehicles in MMDA impounding areas

Dredging of Waterways


To mitigate the flood situations in Metro Manila,the MMDA started executing flood control measures.

The Agency continued dredging operations in the 11 districts of Metro Manila.
To date, the Agency has completed 70.91% of its annual target for Metro Manila's waterways.
Stated otherwise, 39,436 out of a total of 55,608.00 linear meters have been declogged.

The successfully dredged esteros and waterways include:

Estero de Kabulusan 

North Antipolo open canal
South Antipolo open canal 
Estero dela Reina 
Estero de Magdalena

Makati City
Cutcut Creek
Roxas Boulevard canal

Taguig City 
Maricaban Creek

Pasig City
Marikina river (Rosario Weir)
Buli Creek

Central Manila 
Piy Margal

Caloocan City
Peripheral Canals

Tullahan River

Pasay City
PNR Open Canal
Estero Tripa de Gallina
San Juan
E. Rodriguez Avenue

Second District of Quezon City
Tangue Creek

Mandaluyong City
Maytubas Creek

South Manila
Estero de Pandacan

Valenzuela City
Tullahan River

Paranaque City
Cut-cut Creek 

Declogging of Manholes, Canals and Drainages


MMDA in -action with declogging operations at the Estero De Gallina, Buendia Makati City.

The Agency conducted declogging of manholes, canals and drainages in eight areas of Metro Manila.
The Agency maximized the use of available equipment such as Sreco machines, vacuums, water tankers, set manual scrapers, and dump trucks.

Declogging operations were conducted along:

  • Estero Trip De Galina-Buendia
  • PNR Open Canal
  • Espana Boulevard
  • Ramon Magsaysay Blvd.
  • Pureza St., Sta. Mesa
  • Quirino Avenue
  • Taft Avenue
  • San Francisco Street, Mandaluyong City
  • San Juan River, E. Rodriguez.
  • It was estimated that 10,370 linear meters were accomplished with a 60. 01% actual accomplishment.

Urban Renewal, Zoning and Land Use Planning


Turn Over Ceremony of Seedlings together with Former Justice Puno and other officials.

On August 19, 2010, representatives of the BuCor Love Foundation led by retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno and Mr. Cesar Guy, donated mahogany and narra seedlings to the Agency.

Tree planting and a massive greening campaign can address the Metro's environmental problems.

Being an environmental lawyer, Sec. Tolentino will allocate seedlings to the seventeen mayors comprising the Metro Manila Council as well as the 29 congressmen of Metro Manila's component districts. The Agency will utilize open spaces in Metro Manila by planting trees and building plant nurseries. Not only
would this improve the façade of the Metro, it would also help combat flooding and pollution.



Around 360 disaster response volunteers gather as one at MMDA platform, last August 22, 2010.

The MMDA is the mandated core agency of disaster management programs for the National Capital Region.

In line with this, Oplan Unos was organized to respond to life- and property-threatening situations brought about by storms and disasters. The action plan addresses the following:

  • traffic management
  • rescue and evacuation
  • debris removal
  • road clearing
  • hazard abatement
  • emergency transport
  • medical assistance

Alert levels have been classified with corresponding disaster response plans.

MMDA Disaster Volunteers


Carrying on the culture of volunteerism and implementing civil will, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino invited Metro Manilans to volunteer to render assistance during disasters and emergencies.

An orientation program for the mobilization of 500 MMDA disaster volunteers last August 22, 2010 was held at the MMDA headquarters. The MMDA Public Safety Office assessed the volunteers' skills.
Based on the assessment, the volunteers will be grouped, each group to undergo a relevant rescue training program by the first week of September.

The 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival


The Metro Manila Film Festival Executive Committee met last August 18, 2010. Its current officers are:

MMDA Secretary Francis N. Tolentino

Hon. Herbert Bautista
Co-Chairman for LGUs

Mr. Jesse Ejercito
Executive Vice-Chairman

Mr. Mark Meily

Atty. Emmanuel de Castro
Executive Director 

The Executive Committee is in the process of revising its rules to accommodate one independent film as part of the festival, and appointing a Board of Jurors representing a wider spectrum of society.

Chairman's Dialogue with MMDA Employees


Employee expressing his thoughtsin behalf of his department about the issues and concerns to the authority.

To foster open dialogue and boost employee morale, Sec. Tolentino organized the first monthly Dialogue with MMDA Employees held last August 20, 2010. Representatives from the Agency's divisions and departments directly aired their concerns to top-level management.