March 24, 2022
MMDA Concludes Traffic Summit: Multi-Sectoral Stakeholders Sign Pledge of Commitment
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), along with representatives from the multi-sectoral stakeholders, have signed a pledge of commitment for the rationalization, improvement, and enhancement of public and private transportation in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The ceremonial signing of the pledge of commitment, led by MMDA Chairman Atty. Romando Artes, was held on the last day of the MMDA Traffic Summit at the Novotel Manila, Quezon City on Thursday, March 24.
During the summit, Artes said he is thankful for the proposals laid out by the government agencies, private sector, transport groups, transport associations, and local traffic bureaus of the 17 local government units in Metro Manila.
Among the proposed traffic improvement plans are the expansion of the number coding scheme and reimplementation of the truck ban policy, in preparation for the "new normal" as the metropolis eases back into Alert Level 1 for COVID-19 restrictions.
"We will conduct a series of consultations to further improve traffic management in Metro Manila. Rest assure that we will thoroughly study the proposed solutions and we will address the concerns of the commuters and transport sector," said Artes.
MMDA Assistant General Manager for Planning Jose Campo, who delivered the welcome remarks, appealed to the partners and advocates of better traffic conditions in the metropolis.
"The MMDA cannot do it alone; we need your help - the different government agencies, private sectors, academe, and transport organizations - in developing measures to ease congestion as well as provide better transport management in the region," Campos said. "Your commitment will be very much appreciated and I hope this summit will mark our continued journey towards a safer, convenient, and better traffic management. "
Among those who have expressed their support are Alberto Suansing, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Senior Transport Consultant; Roberto Valera, Land Transportation Office (LTO) deputy director of law enforcement service; Dexter Cardenas, Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management (TFTTM) officer-in-charge; Teddy Gervacio, President of the Integrated North Harbor Truckers Association (INHTA); Takanori Oda, JICA CTMP Project Team; and Roberto “Ka Obet” Martin, National President of transport group Pasang Masda.
Meanwhile, Artes announced that IATF Resolution No. 101 on uniform travel protocols will be expiring today. Hence, the MMDA will implement a two-week dry run allowing all provincial buses from traversing along the stretch of EDSA.
"The DOTr and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board gave the green light to allow provincial buses to ply EDSA starting 10 pm tonight up to 5 am," Artes noted.
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