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September 18, 2016

MMDA Encourages Private Sector to Propose Tech Solutions 

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is encouraging the private sector to propose or come up with innovative projects with the use of advance technology to aid the agency on its mandates such as flood control, solid waste management, health and public safety, and urban planning and renewal.

MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said the agency is open to suggestions and partnerships with the private sector and individuals, foreign and local, in formulating smart-city concepts and IT-based (information technology) solutions to the various mandates of the agency.

“We are continuously encouraging them to engage the agency about their concepts and technological solutions. We know that there are individuals and groups out there who are willing to help the government,” Orbos said.

He disclosed that several individuals and groups have already approached him and pledged to share and apply their skills and talents to address the perennial problems in Metro Manila like massive flooding and solid waste disposal.

Though the agency has managed to hasten the subsiding rate of flooding in low-laying areas of Metro Manila, Orbos said there is still room for improvement.

“We are aware that talents abound our country. That’s why we are appealing to them to share their know-how on these concerns to the agency,” the MMDA official said.

He said that a technical working group will accept and subsequently evaluate the feasibility or the practical application of the proposals, subject to his approval.

The MMDA is also eyeing to utilize drones equipped with cameras to augment the agency's present monitoring system.

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