House Reviewing MMDA Charter for Possible Changes

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The House of Representatives has started reviewing the charter of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in order to come up with possible amendments that would put an end to the conflicts between several local government units in Metro Manila and the agency.

According to MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, Reps. Rufino Biazon of Muntinlupa and Connie Dy of Pasay City, chairman and co-chairman of the House Committee for Metro Manila Concerns, are now studying the charter to look for ways that would help the agency perform its duties without clashing with LGUs.

"We are hoping Congressmen Biazon and Dy can come up with amendment that will be better for the MMDA and LGUs," Fernando said.

LGUs, particularly the cities of Makati and Manila, have opposed several programs of the MMDA like the traffic management and its operations against illegal street vendors.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay has insisted that MMDA has no authority to implement and legislate laws and the agency should only act as a coordinating body.

But based on the Republic Act 7924, the law that created the MMDA, the agency "shall set the policies concerning traffic in Metro Manila and shall coordinate and regulate the implementation of all programs and projects concerning traffic management, specifically pertaining to enforcement, engineering and education."

In addition, the law also states that the "MMDA shall install and administer a single ticketing system, fix, impose and collect fines and penalties for all kinds of violations of traffic rules and regulations, whether moving or nonmoving in nature, and confiscate and suspend or revoke drivers licenses in the enforcement of such traffic laws and regulations. …