MMDA, JICA Join Forces to Combat Metro Manila Traffic
With the local economy losing billions in revenue to hellish traffic conditions in the metro, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has called upon the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to develop a five-year traffic management action plan that will ease massive road congestion in the National Capital Region.
An agreement was signed between the MMDA and JICA, with the goals including the research and analysis of traffic bottlenecks and the development of sustainable traffic management solutions and capacity enhancement under the existing Comprehensive Traffic Management Plan for the Metro.
“Aside from investments in infrastructure building, JICA is also supporting the Philippines ease traffic congestion to help make urban areas like Metro Manila and surrounding areas more livable and encourage investments into the Philippines,” said JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada. “Transportation, among other things, is an element that can help the Philippines sustain its growth and economic gains.”
This coming week, MMDA and JICA will meet to discuss and set guidelines for the Technical Cooperation Project for 2019 to 2022, with the primary agenda being the road traffic congestion in the Greater Manila area. Both agencies will collaborate on strategies for road traffic management, traffic policy, and intelligent transport systems.