MMDA-The Union Project: "Intensified Enforcement of Smoke Free Environment Policy in Metropolitan Manila"

union project

 A member of Health, Public Safety and Environmental Protection Office (HPSEPO) places a No Smoking Sticker on a Public Utility Vehicle (right). HPSEPO personnel inspects a sari-sari store regarding compliance on the reduction of tobacco use/sale in Metro Manila (right).

MMDA is a recipient of a grant from The International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, a not-for-profit scientific organization working in the field of lung health worldwide and which manages grants programs for tobacco control.

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 WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, RA 9211 (Tobacco Regulations Act of 2003), and the Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 17, Series of 2009 on smoking prohibitions. Various strategies on information, education and communication campaigns, advocacy, policy development, implementation and enforcement of tobacco control are employed to ensure that Smoke Free Environment policy is put into effect and sustained in the cities.

The on – going project started in July 2010. Activities are conducted in partnership with the 17 Local Government Units (LGUs) of Metropolitan Manila. These are coordinated with the other national agencies and non - government organizations working on the enforcement of tobacco control.

This project is managed by the Health, Public Safety and Environmental Protection Office, with The Union Project Management Team.

Development Planning: The MRT 7 Extension Project

Mrt Line 7

The MRT Line 7 will shorten travel time (from the 3.5 hours to 1 hour), accomodate 350,000 passengers per day and be completed by 2020. 

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.

  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.