Benhur Abalos to be appointed as new MMDA Chairman

Updated Jan 11, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Abalos served as the mayor of Mandaluyong City.

Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos, the former mayor of Mandaluyong City, will shortly be appointed as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). This was confirmed by Senator Christopher “Bong” Go and MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia. 

Abalos will be replacing Danilo Lim, who died on January 6, 2021 after testing positive for COVID-19. Retired General Danilo Lim served the MMDA from 2017 until this year. He is said to have served the agency with utmost professionalism and competency.

MMDA traffic chief Edison “Bong” Nebrija also expressed his sentiments towards the passing of the former MMDA chairman by saying his farewells to his late ‘brother.’

Ex-Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos

Soon-to-be MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos

The soon-to-be MMDA chairman served two terms as the mayor of Mandaluyong City. He first headed Mandaluyong City from 1998 to 2004 and later again from 2006 to 2016. One of the most notable regulations Abalos enacted during his term is the ‘no backride policy’ which bans two males from riding together in a motorcycle unless they are immediate family members.

The “no backride policy” was implemented by Benhur Abalos to hopefully bring down the rampant riding-in-tandem incidents in the city. His wife, Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos, succeeded him as Mandaluyong City’s mayor.

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What are the changes we can expect with the new MMDA Chairman?

Benhur Abalos is expected to take his oath of office today, January 11. The MMDA has yet to put out a statement regarding the appointment of its new chairman. Benhur Abalos’ father, Benjamin Abalos Sr., also briefly served as the MMDA chairman from 2001 to 2002.

What could be the possible changes MMDA will implement once Benhur Abalos has officially been appointed as the agency’s new chairman? The country is currently facing a crisis in the transportation sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic so it could be a big early challenge for the soon-to-be MMDA chairman.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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