SENATOR Grace Poe wants a review of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) charter to ensure that the agency is acting within the ambit of its mandate.
In her first media forum appearance since the May 9 elections, Poe said the MMDA should not be made a springboard for the candidacies of its heads, obviously taking a shot at Francis Tolentino, who ran for a Senate seat in the recent elections but lost. Poe lamented that it is not clear if the agency is in charge of traffic management, relief operations or beautification of Metro Manila.
She cited the time when Tolentino deployed water filtration system and some personnel in Leyte after the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda which Poe said is not within the MMDA mandate.
The senator said the MMDA leadership could have provided the equipment and allowed disaster agencies like the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or the Department of Social Welfare and Development to handle it.
“What happened was that the agency was used as staging point of those who are planning to run in the election,” she added.
The senator said another misplaced duty of the MMDA is the handling of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
The MMDA has been stripped of the power to manage traffic because this function has been transferred to the Department of Transportation.