The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ordered the removal of clutter and obstructions under the three flyovers in EDSA. As per MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, this move is in line with the government agency’s drive against urban decay, allowing them to ensure orderliness and cleanliness in the metropolis.
Just recently, Chairman Benhur Abalos ordered an inspection at the EDSA-Kamuning, Timog, and Quezon Avenue flyover. He insisted that these areas should not be impounded given that this is a national highway. They will also coordinate with the proper authorities in order to properly sort out this matter.
Furthermore, heads of the Metro Parkways Clearing Group and Road Emergency Group were instructed by Abalos to remove unnecessary MMDA equipment on the said areas. Along with that, they shall also identify strategic locations to relocate the remaining equipment. Damaged orange barriers, on the other hand, will be disposed of as garbage, while broken concrete barriers are to be smashed and used as filling materials at the MMDA Tumana Impounding Area in Marikina.
The equipment that the MMDA is utilizing for emergency purposes will be retained, but not this much.
On top of that, the MMDA will also prohibit parking in these areas, as the government agency will soon place a ‘no parking’ and tow away signages within the vicinity. This shall be strictly imposed, he even made it clear that violators will be sanctioned.
I will make sure that violators will be sanctioned and issued violation tickets for illegal parking.
According to the MMDA Chairman, these directives are applicable on all areas within the jurisdiction of MMDA and not only in EDSA. Once they’ve successfully removed those illegally parked vehicles and unnecessary equipment, the following will soon be converted into pocket gardens which should give those areas a more refreshing environment than before.