MMDA is drafting the regional development plan (RDP) that aims to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
Among the Duterte administration’s 75 flagship infrastructure projects, 35 out of them were dedicated to Mega Manila. To date, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has approved 6 of these 35 Mega Manila projects.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) now has begun drafting the National Capital Region (NCR) regional development plan (RDP), highlighting the importance of the RDP in reducing vehicular congestion in Metro Manila.
The plan will be anchored on MMDA’s roadmap for urban development Greenprint 2030 and in line with the 5-year Philippine Development Plan (PDP) of 2017 to 2022.
35 out of Duterte administration’s 75 flagship infrastructure projects were dedicated to Mega Manila
Director for Metropolitan Planning Josefina Faulan as quoted as saying: “We have completed the first draft for NCR’s sectoral assessment that will go into the RDP. We are now conducting bilateral consultations with different sectors as we delve into crafting crucial strategies for developing the country’s capital guided by the overall Philippine Development Plan.”
The MMDA expressed the need for local government units and other sectors to fulfill plans of action detailed in the RDP. While following the plan is needed to alleviate traffic congestion, equally important is the support of Metro Manila Mayors to make sure that the RDP is translated into their localities.
The plan will be anchored on MMDA’s roadmap for urban development Greenprint 2030 and in line with the 5-year Philippine Development Plan (PDP) of 2017 to 2022
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim further explained: “It is only timely that we are discussing the PDP, of which, infrastructure development is a key part, as this is the best solution to the heavy traffic that we are experiencing in Metro Manila.”
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia also stated: “The government assures the people that the problem of congestion on the roads is still being prioritized. The National Transport Policy is a priority strategy reflected in the PDP as we seek to provide accessible social services through better connectivity.”