• New Metro Manila gov post rejected

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    METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Friday rejected a proposal that Metro Manila should have a duly-elected governor.

    In expressing his opposition, Tolentino said the post will only be “politicized” since it will already be elective in nature.

    The MMDA chief issued the statement in reaction to the proposal made by Roberto Pagdanganan, chairman of the National Center for Commuters’ Safety and Protection (NCCSP), who revived the proposal amid the worsening traffic condition in the metropolis.

    He said Metro Manila is poorly coordinated and it needs to finally have a duly-elected governor.

    He cited the controversial bus ban implemented only by the City of Manila which was opposed and criticized by other local government units.

    This incident, he added, exhibits the need for Metro Manila to have its own governor who will manage metro-wide problems such as traffic, flooding, solid waste management and urban planning.

    In justifying his proposal, Pagdanganan said the traffic problem needs a holistic approach, and local government units cannot just implement solutions that are only intended for the city or municipality.

    But Tolentino said this will only create more confusion and problems since the responsibility of solving Metro Manila problems will be politicized.

    “Elective position na yun, napo-politicize lang kasi magkakampanyahan lang?” he pointed out.

    Even Malacañang has turned down the proposal saying that the metropolis’ problems can be handled by the MMDA.

    Ritchie A. Horario

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