Mayors told: Keep obstructions cleared

October 03, 2019

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) urged the local chief executives of Metro Manila to ensure the continuity of the clearing of obstructions despite the end of the deadline as directed by President Duterte.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, who presided over the Metro Manila Council meeting, lauded the efforts of the Metro Manila mayors in clearing the streets of obstructions but said more has to be done.

“Our work is not yet finished. This is a continuing project. We have to maintain and sustain our clearing operations amid the increasing number of vehicles that worsen traffic in Metro Manila,” said Lim during the 26th MMC meeting at the MMDA headquarters in Makati City.

In the past 10 years, Lim cited, the number of registered vehicles in Metro Manila have almost doubled while its road network has only increased by seven percent.

Moreover, at least 900 vehicles are added to the average daily volume of vehicular traffic along EDSA and major thoroughfares in the metropolis, he added.

“This is the problem which Metro Manila is facing. Cars are multiplying but the road capacity has barely changed. Infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program are underway,” said Lim.

“While waiting for the completion of the infrastructure projects, let us maintain what we have started. This is the greater challenge of the campaign. There is no overnight solution to address our traffic problems,” said Lim.