MMDA meets with JICA to discuss Metro Manila traffic management plan

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority held its 4th Joint Coordination Committee Meeting with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and other stakeholders to discuss the Comprehensive Traffic Management Plan for the capital region.

During the meeting, the JICA Project Team presented the summary of the 5-year Action Plan on Traffic Management that highlighted the traffic management issues facing Metropolitan Manila.

The team also discussed the short-term and long-term strategies and interventions to manage congestion, as well as existing signal systems and capacity building in engineering, enforcement, education, road safety, and active transport.

MMDA Chair Romando Artes said the agency would do its part and carry out programs to improve traffic flow and road conditions in the metropolis.

“To ensure execution of the plan, the MMDA, in its capacity, will carry out its commitments to the strategies and projects in the action plan. We are also currently implementing several recommendations from the action plan through the agency’s mandates and have produced significant improvements,” Artes said.

The improvement measures include intersection geometry upgrades, signal timing optimization and new signal installation, pavement marking adjustments, and installation of standardized traffic signs, he said.

He urged the local government units in Metro Manila as well as other government agencies to adopt the recommended projects to improve the traffic situation in Metro Manila.

He also requested JICA for technical assistance in the development of the Intelligent Transport System in Metro Manila using innovative Japanese technology.

Seiya Matsuoka, Project Team Lead and Road Traffic Management Specialist, said there must be close coordination between all sectors in order to address the traffic problems.