June 6, 2016
MMDA Holds Mobility Workshop
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today led a multi-stakeholder Mobility Workshop to improve connectivity within the metropolis through a safe, efficient, and viable alternative transportation.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said the workshop aims to engage the 17 local government units (LGUs) of Metro Manila, national government agencies, and civil society organizations to promote and improve road-sharing metro-wide.
The first to be conducted by the MMDA in recent years, participants to the workshop include the Office of the President, Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Science and Technology, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board, Office of the Ombudsman, and the local traffic bureaus and planning officers of the 17 LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Major transport organizations were also enjoined to participate in the discussions on local road sharing practices, such as challenges, activities, projects, and plans.
According to the MMDA chief, among the issues discussed are car-free days, metro-wide cycle events, and exercises on Roxas Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue which aims to shift the public mindset on street use.
Last February, the MMDA supported the road-sharing activity which saw pedestrians, cyclists, and electronic road trains sharing the road from EDSA Extension going to the Mall of Asia then along Roxas Boulevard. The lead proponent of the event was the Bayanihan sa Daan Movement.
The road sharing scheme also calls for the clearing of all types of traffic obstructions and illegal structures along the roads and pavements such as barangay halls and ambulant vendors.