A More Livable Metro Manila

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MANILA, Philippines - Under the leadership of MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, a Joint Technical Secretariat with representatives from the MMDA, DoTC, and DPWH concretized the ingredients of an environment in the Metro Manila area that could be described as healthy, free from stress, and conducive to global competitiveness of the economic activities located in the National Capital Region. In a series of workshops held last November 2010, representatives of these government agencies met with experts to identify quick and practical initiatives to alleviate the traffic and transport situation in Metro Manila. The overarching principles that guided their discussions were mobility, safety, civility, and productivity.

It would be useful for the ordinary citizens living in Metro Manila to understand these principles so that in their individual capacities, they can contribute to the common good with the appropriate personal behaviors.

First, there is mobility, which is defined as the unimpeded travel and movement of vehicles, goods, commuters, and passengers throughout Metro Manila. The metrics for determining an improvement in mobility were suggested as follows:

* Average travel time of public transport vehicles (i.e. buses and PUJ).

* Average turn-around time from waiting to transfer of passengers.

* Vehicle volume count in Metro Manila.

* Frequency and rate of increase in new and renewed motor vehicle registrations by type.

Safety refers to both prevention and quick emergency response to traffic and road accidents. The objective verifiable indicators are:

* Classification and number of traffic accidents (i.e. severity, fatalities, involved parties, and extent of monetary damages).

* Timeliness of generating road accident reports. …