House seeks to expand MMDA powers


Posted at May 15 2017 08:31 PM

MANILA — Two bills filed at the House of Representatives on Monday seek to expand the powers and function of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

House Bill 4642 is authored by Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Winston Castelo, while House Bill 5057 is authored by Marikina 1st District Rep. Bayani Fernando.

The bills propose that the MMDA be allowed to review development permits for land development projects with metro-wide transport and traffic impacts; and deputize members of the Philippine National Police, traffic enforcers of local government units, duly licensed security guards, or members of non-governmental organizations for traffic law enforcement among others.

The House committee on Metro Manila development has created a technical working group to scrutinize the two proposals which seek to amend Republic Act 7924, otherwise known as “An Act Creating Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Defining Its Powers And Function, Providing Funds Therefor And Other Purposes.”

Fernando, who served as MMDA chairman for eight years, explained that the agency lacks the legal authority to implement ordinances and resolutions that is acceptable to the courts.

“The collective wisdom of the voting members of the Metro Manila Council composed of 17 elected mayors, the president of the Vice Mayors League and the Councilor Leagues, complemented by representatives from all national government agencies cannot be effectively used in light of the limitations of its power as provided in RA 7924,” Fernando said.