AS part of its urban renewal initiative, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to makeover the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa).
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the Edsa make-over project is aimed at bringing about physical and cultural transformations to Metro Manila’s primary thoroughfare through landscaping, beautification, and re-greening.
Tolentino said motorists, commuters and pedestrians driving or walking along Edsa will benefit from the project, as it will provide a refreshing contrast from the visual clutter that proliferate the 28-kilometer highway.
The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has expressed support to the project as a solution to the problems in Edsa, such as traffic congestion, worsening air and noise pollution, proliferation of billboards and other forms of advertisements, flooding, and increasing number of street dwellers.
The MMC, which is composed of all the mayors of Metro Manila passed Resolution No. 12-07 on January 26, 2012 expressing its full support to the Edsa make-over project.
In line with this, the MMDA will forge an agreement with a paint manufacturing company on Monday for the beautification and painting of the tunnels along Edsa.
The MMDA chief said he will sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Asian Coatings (AC) Business Development Head Edison Oribiana for the painting and maintenance of the walls of P. Tuazon, Shaw Boulevard, and Ayala underpasses.
Under the MOA, AC will do painting works in the walls of the Edsa underpasses for a period of three years at no cost to the MMDA, which shall approve the artworks suggested by the paint company.
“We are grateful to Asian Coatings for their support in the Edsa Makeover project and their desire to help beautify Metro Manila,” Tolentino said.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO