Dec. 27, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos inspects the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in Tondo, Manila following the imminent closure of a portion of Roxas Boulevard to give way to the repair of the damaged box culvert of Department of Public Works and Highways. Other officials present in the inspection were DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DPWH NCR Regional Director Nomer Abel Canlas, PPA General Manager Jay Santiago, and ICTSI Executive Vice President Christian Gonzales.
Dec. 22, 2021
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority deploys a water purification team in Southern Leyte as the province faced a critical shortage in drinking water following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.
Dec. 15, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos announces that a portion of Roxas Boulevard would be closed to vehicular traffic to give way to the rehabilitation of a damaged old drainage structure in front of Libertad Pumping Station in Pasay City.
Nov. 30, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos announces the reimplementation of the modified number coding scheme starting tomorrow, December 1. Abalos said the number coding scheme will be implemented during weekdays or Monday to Friday, except holidays, from 5pm to 8pm. It will only cover private vehicles.
Nov. 29, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos joins Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque and Regional Task Force for COVID-19 officials on the National COVID-19 Vaccination Days dubbed “Bayanihan Bakunahan” kick off in Quezon City.
Nov. 26, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos and the MMDA FOI team receive the Commitment to Excellence Award (Agency Category) and Top Performing and Requested Agency for the fourth consecutive year during the Freedom of Information Awards 2021. Abalos said that the FOI in the agency has been one of the contributors for the success of the vaccination rollout in Metro Manila.
Nov. 12, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos urges dog owners to volunteer their dogs in its K9 search and rescue (SAR) program. The program, in partnership with volunteer dog training groups, aims to prepare dogs to help in the government's disaster response efforts.
Nov. 11, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos led the ceremonial lighting of Christmas tree at the agency headquarters in Makati City and solar-powered street lights along EDSA which will replace existing rusted and dilapidated street light poles.
Nov. 11, 2021
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Philippine Dental Association, and Rotary Club of Manila signed a memorandum of agreement as they partner together to have Volunteer dentists as one of the vaccinators under “We Vax As One” initiative of the Metro Manila local government units. The initiative is part of the efforts to increase inoculation rate of the National Capital Region and neighboring provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna towards attainment of population protection or herd immunity at the soonest possible time.
Nov. 11, 2021
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority inaugurated the Buendia footbridge which can be accessed from Makati Avenue or the southbound exit of the MRT Buendia Station. Chairman Benhur Abalos said that the footbridge would help ease traffic in the area and would make EDSA busway travel more seamless and safer for commuters.
Nov. 10, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos and Quezon City Assistant Administrator Alberto Kimpo lead the ceremonial switching on of the new traffic lights at the two EDSA u-turn slots in Quezon City - one in front of the Quezon City Academy and near Dario Bridge to facilitate smooth flow of traffic in the area without interrupting the operations of the EDSA Bus Carousel.
Nov. 9, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, with Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and Pasig City District Representative Roman Romulo, lead the inauguration of new Kalawaan Station for the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS).
Nov. 8, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos inspects the ongoing desilting operations at the mouth of Parañaque River. The MMDA will haul the island-like garbage in the area as part of the agency’s flood control measures in the Metropolis.
Nov. 3, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos inspects the newly-installed floating trash traps in various waterways in the cities of Quezon and Mandaluyong.
Oct. 27, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos inspected Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) days ahead of the long weekend for the observance of “Undas.”
Oct. 26, 2021
Two days before the cemeteries close in observance of this year's Undas, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos inspects Manila North Cemetery in Manila and Garden of Life Cemetery in Mandaluyong to ensure that the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) guidelines are being observed. Abalos appealed to the public to visit their departed loved ones prior to the closure of cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria on October 29 to November 2.
Oct. 12, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos joins the Department of Health and the Metro Manila Center for Health Development (MM-CHD) in launching the Community-based and Catch-up Routine Immunization, a campaign to encourage and help parents protect their children against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Oct. 12, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos announces updates on shortened curfew hours from 12 midnight to 4 a.m. starting tomorrow, October 13 in the National Capital Region and one-week closure of cemeteries for Undas 2021. He also mentioned the closure of the southbound portion of Nagtahan flyover for seven months as the structure undergoes rehabilitation and major repairs after cracks and defects are found on the bridge.
Oct. 12, 2021
Attorney Romando "Don" S. Artes is the new General Manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority who also served as the Authority's Assistant General Manager for Finance and Administration. He replaced Jojo Garcia who resigned from his post after declaring his intention to run for congressional post in the 2022 elections.
Oct. 11, 2021
Two new vehicles are set to assist MMDA employees in providing frontline services during the time of COVID-19 pandemic. MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the new vehicles will help boost mobility and operations of the various offices of the agency, delivering basic services in Metro Manila, and ferry personnel on their commute to work.
Oct. 4, 2021
Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) together with the National Bicycle Organization (NBO) donated Bike Patrol Uniforms to all the members of the Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA)’s Bike Patrol Group. In their visit to the agency, the RLC and NBO said the donated shirts and pants will be distributed to agency personnel who are in charge of the enforcement of Bicycle Lanes. The pants can easily be converted into shorts as well. They also offered free technical training to the Bike Lane Program Office (BLPO) with regards to bicycle maintenance, repair, and tune up among other initiatives discussed during the turnover.
Sept. 20, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez today conducted new round of inspection of some establishments in Makati City, including alfresco dine-in services at the Rockwell Center, with Mayor Binay, to check their compliance to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) guidelines under Alert Level 4. Abalos and Lopez also inspected Anytime Fitness gym located at South Park Plaza, Magallanes, Makati City.
Sept. 16, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, with San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora and Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos, inspected restaurants, salons, and other establishments in Greenhills Shopping Center and SM Megamall to check their compliance to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) guidelines under the Alert Level 4. The officials installed “100% Fully Vaccinated” stickers at the entrance of establishments whose employees have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Sept. 6, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos inspected Doña Juana Elementary School in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City and Silanganan Elementary School in Barangay Bagong Silang, Caloocan as part of the Authority’s support to the Department of Education’s Oplan Balik Eskwela 2021. Personnel from the Metro Parkways Clearing Group, Health, Public Safety, and Environmental Protection Office, and Traffic Engineering Center conducted misting (anti-dengue) operations, cleaning, roof gutter declogging, drainage cleaning, pruning of trees, planting, and painting of pedestrian markings in the school’s premises.
Aug. 13, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos asks the local government units in Metro Manila to work together in inoculating all residents in the National Capital Region as he inspects vaccination sites and “ayuda” or cash aid distribution sites in the Municipality of Pateros, Pasig City and Quezon City.
Aug. 7, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos inspected vaccination hubs in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela on the second day of the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila on Saturday. Attorney Abalos lauded the ramped up efforts of the CAMANAVA local chief executives in their vaccine administration.
Aug. 6, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos inspects the flow of vaccination rollout in several COVID-19 vaccination hubs in the cities of Las Piñas, Muntinlupa and Parañaque. Abalos said the queues of people at SM Southmall Las Piñas, Ayala Malls Southmall in Muntinlupa and SM City BF Parañaque were systematic.
Aug. 3, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos and Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan lead ceremonial switching of the traffic signalization at EDSA-A. De Jesus intersection in Caloocan City to facilitate smooth flow of traffic and prevent the occurrence of vehicular accidents in the area.
July 27, 2021
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority partners with Landbank of the Philippines and Bayad Center for the agency's cashless payment system that will digitize collection of traffic fines. MMDA Chairman Atty. Benhur Abalos, Landbank of the Philippines Executive Vice President Julio Climaco, and Bayad Center President and CEO Lawrence Ferrer inked a memorandum of agreement that will also promote safe, transparent and convenient payment options for the agency's clients.
July 26, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos supervises the agency's cleanup operations at Manila Bay earlier today, as influx of trash was swept into the bay due to heavy rains in the past days brought by southwest monsoon. Two truckloads of garbage, or about 40 cubic meters, were collected from the area yesterday. Abalos also appealed to the public to avoid throwing discards anywhere.
July 21, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos leads the inauguration of Aglipay Bridge and Pumping Station in Barangay Poblacion, Mandaluyong. Both the bridge and the pumping station is built to address the flooding problem in the low-lying areas of Boni Avenue and F. Ortigas.
July 16, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu, Pasay City District Rep. Antonino Calixto and City Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of sewage treatment plant (STP) and wastewater interceptor in Pasay City that will help address the problem of wastewater discharge that contributes to the pollution in Manila Bay.
July 14, 2021
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority brings its mobile material recovery facility (MMRF) and introduces Takakura home composting method to residents of Barangays Pio del Pilar and San Isidro in Makati. MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said that the agency is planning to partner with non-government organizations with similar initiatives to further lessen waste and promote segregation among communities.
July 9, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos leads the unveiling of its emergency lay-by at the ground level of Quezon Avenue Flyover on EDSA where motorcycle riders can seek shelter during rainfall. He also reveals plans to put up pocket gardens under flyovers as part of its continuing effort to address the urban aesthetics of the metropolis and fight urban decay.
July 8, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos and Carmona Mayor Roy Loyola led the tree-planting activity at the former MMDA sanitary landfill at Carmona, Cavite, which is being eyed to be converted into an ecological park. Abalos stressed there is a need to protect and preserve the ecology as part of sustainable development. At least 100 fire trees were planted in the area.
June 28, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos personally oversees hauling of garbage from the newly-installed trash traps in one of the tributaries of Estero Tripa de Gallina which serves the cities of Manila and Taguig. The trash traps aim to mitigate the damage to nearby Tripa de Gallina pumping station caused by garbage.
June 22, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos leads the reopening of Dario Bridge U-turn slot in Quezon City earlier today to help ease traffic congestion on the northbound lanes of EDSA. Abalos requested the BF Corporation, private contractor of the DOTR's Common Station project, to move back their fences at their work area to open more lanes for passing motorists as to avoid traffic obstruction in the area.
June 14, 2021
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) conducts free tuberculosis screening and chest x-ray for the agency’s 2,500 field personnel to identify those with cases of tuberculosis (TB) and provide them full treatment and medication. The diagnostic tests will help prevent exposure and reduce transmission as street sweepers and traffic enforcers are prone to variety of dust, toxins, vehicular smoke and other emissions.
June 11, 2021
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, organizer of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), in partnership with the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation (MOWELFUND) rolled out today its COVID-19 vaccination program for movie industry workers who received their first COVID-19 vaccine as part of the A4 Group list.
June 10, 2021
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) launched today its Mobile Material Recovery Facility (MMRF) and Community Based Takakura Composting, two waste diversion initiatives designed to minimize waste towards a greener and healthier metro while promoting segregation and composting in communities.
June 8, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos inspects the ground level of EDSA-Kamuning, Timog and Quezon Avenue flyovers in line with the Agency's drive against urban decay and to ensure orderliness and cleanliness in the metropolis. Abalos ordered the removal and clearing of all types of clutters and obstructions, including illegally-parked and abandoned vehicles, mostly involved in accidents.
June 2, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos inspects Tripa de Gallina Pumping Station in Pasay City and revetment wall at Provident Village in Marikina City as the agency gears up for the onset of rainy season. As mountain of trash were hauled by the pumps, the Chairman appeals to the public for proper waste disposal and management to avoid flooding. Meanwhile, the revetment wall in Marikina, damaged by typhoon Ulysses last year, will be reinforced and will serve as a protection to residents living in flood-prone Provident Village
June 1, 2021
CAPTION: Personnel from Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office and Metro Parkways Clearing Group cleared the Estero Tripa de Gallina in Manila, today as the Metropolitan Manila Development Manila Authority launches Metro Bayanihan: I ❤️ MM aimed to beautify and sanitize the metropolis and clean the waterways to prevent flooding.
May 26, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos and Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos turned over to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) today the suspect in the alleged online selling of government-procured COVID-19 vaccines in Mandaluyong City.
May 17, 2021
MMDA Chairman pays courtesy visit to new Philippine National Police Chief PDGen. Guillermo Eleazar. The two officials discussed vaccination rollout plans such as sourcing of healthcare workers from outside of the NCR Plus bubble to intensify the inoculation programs in Metro Manila.
May 5, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos attends the initial vaccine rollout for Sputnik V today in Muntinlupa City. Abalos lauds the collaboration of the local government and the private hospitals in the city in ensuring smooth administration of the vaccine which needs to be kept at -18 degree Celsius. He also said that Metro Manila is ready for the influx of vaccines coming from different countries in the coming weeks. The Sputnik V is developed by Russian medical-research institute Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and was issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration last March.
April 14, 2021
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) started the vaccination of its employees who are medical frontliners, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities to protect them from the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
March 18, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos inagurates the agency's first-ever Solid Waste Granulator and Brick-making Facility at Vitas Pumping Station in Tondo, Manila. These facilities will convert solid wastes into by-products such as bricks, eco-hollow blocks, eco-concrete barriers, and bio-waste compost materials. Both of the facilities are part of of the Metro Manila Flood Management Project aimed at improving flood management in selected areas in the metropolis.
March 8, 2021
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) hires 300 traffic auxiliary to augment the traffic management efforts in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares. The newly-hired traffic auxiliary will undergo 15-day training that will cover topics such as academic and non-academic traffic management, physical training, traffic rules and regulations, values formation, human rights, and personality development.
March 5, 2021
Healthcare workers in National Center for Mental Health get their initial dose of CoronaVac vaccine as part of the national government's vaccine rollout today. MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos and wife Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita join the DOH's activity at the hospital dubbed “Resbakuna Kasangga ng Bida."
March 4, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos gratefully accepts boat donation of New San Jose Builders Inc. to the Pasig River Ferry Service. The 50-seater M/B Vicente will be the new addition to the existing 11 vessels which transports passengers from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig to Escolta in Manila, and vice versa.
March 1, 2021
To ease the public's anxiety over COVID-19 vaccine, MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos volunteers himself to get inoculated with Sinovac vaccine. He likewise urged the public to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity that is "very vital to end the country's fight against the disease."
Feb. 22, 2021
Laguna Lake Development Authority General Manager Joey Medina pays courtesy visit to MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos as they inspect Pasig River Ferry Service on Monday. The two officials discussed plans to further improve the ferry service and expand its route as an alternative means of transportation.
Feb. 19, 2021
Officials of the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (C.O.D.E.) Team and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) lead inspection and assessment of Pateros municipality’s preparedness for the COVID-19 vaccine deployment.
Feb. 17, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos graces the launching of the Marikina Rehabilitation Restoration Project earlier today at the Olandes Sewerage Treatment Plant in Marikina City. Chairman Abalos, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro and DPWH Undersecretary Roberto Bernardo have witnessed the ceremonial dredging operations and bamboo planting along the river. The project is part of the government's effort to address the perennial flooding in low lying areas such as Marikina, Pasig and some portions of Rizal province. Build Back Better Task Force, headed by Sec. Cimatu, is tasked to lead the rehabilitation of the Marikina River.
Feb. 9, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos joins Secretaries William Dar (Agriculture) and Ramon Lopez (Trade and Industry) in a series of market visits today to monitor implementation of price ceiling being imposed on pork and chicken products. Retail vendors are following the price cap amid supply woes but the national government is optimistic situation will normalize soon.
Feb. 4, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan and Congressman Along Malapitan inspect the Gen. Tinio U-turn slot as it reopens to motorists following complaints of heavy traffic in the area. Concrete barriers were removed and MMDA personnel were also deployed to ensure smooth vehicular flow.
Jan. 21, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos pays courtesy call to Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu. Cimatu has reaffirmed his department's commitment to projects partnered with MMDA such as esteros and other waterways cleanup and tree-planting program in Baseco, Tondo which is part of Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program aimed at bringing back its old glory.
Jan. 20, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos and Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte oversee the clearing operations in Balintawak Market, as the deadline for the Department of Interior and Local Government's directive on road clearing nears. Garbage and other obstructions encroaching the sidewalk were removed.
Jan. 15, 2021
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos inspects Libertad Pumping Station in Pasay. He assures the public that all pumping stations in Metro Manila are ready before the onset of the rainy season to mitigate effects of flooding.
Jan. 13, 2021
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos met with Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and other officials to discuss elevated bus ramps for the EDSA Bus Carousel Project.