• Major MMDA reorganization underway

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    A major reshuffle is underway at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) after the agency lost its power to manage traffic in the metropolis.

    MMDA officer-in-charge Thomas Orbos said the reorganization will continue until next week.

    “We will not be removing people but since traffic management is out of our hands, I have to realign the resources to focus on the rest that I have to work on. I am still rationalizing things,” Orbos said.

    He said all offices will be affected by the reshuffle as the agency shifts its focus from traffic management to urban renewal and development.

    Orbos said the MMDA will focus on flood control and solid waste management.

    Starting last week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) took over full control of traffic management in the Metro Manila.

    The MMDA operates more than 50 pumping stations and is in charge of the Flood Control Operation System in the metropolis. It also conducts clean-up drives, and identifies and regulates sanitary landfills where Metro Manila garbage is dumped.

    Being a member of the newly-formed Inter-Agency Committee on Traffic Management (IACT) under the (DOTr), Orbos said the MMDA is tasked to coordinate the plans and programs of the IACT with the Metro Manila Council (MMC).

    The MMC is the governing body and policy-making body of the MMDA, whose members are the 17 local government units in Metro Manila.

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