MMDA takes down illegal billboard frames along EDSA

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 12 2018 06:37 PM

MANILA - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday took down illegal billboard frames on unauthorized fences placed along EDSA, approaching Magallanes interchange. 

Construction materials such as hollow blocks, sand were also confiscated for obstructing the sidewalk and causing danger to passersby. 

"Akala namin yung bakod papalitan (We thought the fence was going to be replaced) or it's either yung retro-fitting will be done inside private property (San Lorenzo Village) but apparently the extension na ginawa nila ay nag-extend sa (they did extended to) public property, which is the sidewalk," MMDA EDSA Traffic chief Bong Nebrija said.

"With that issue, nakita rin namin na nagtayo sila ng (we saw that they put up) billboard frames," he added. 

One Touchpoint Media Convergence, Inc. and contractor Monte-One Construction had no permits from the Department of Public Works and Highways for the billboard frames and an illegally placed billboard ad that was earlier taken down. 

Though they obtained excavation clearances from the DPWH and Makati City Hall, and a traffic clearance from the MMDA, these do not authorize them to put up billboard frames, explained Nebrija and Engr. Rodelio Batac of the DPWH Maintenance Section. 

The two firms face possible legal cases for the illegally put up structures.