MMDA drafting regional development plan for Metro Manila

Posted on July 10, 2017

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA), in coordination with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), has started drafting the Regional Development Plan (RDP) for the nation’s capital. “We have completed a first draft for NCR’s (National Capital Region) sectoral assessment that will go into the RDP. We are now conducting bilateral consultations with different sectors,” Josefina J. Faulan, director for MMDA’s Metropolitan Planning, said in a statement released yesterday by NEDA. The RDP would be in line with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017 -- 2022. Ms. Faulon added that the RDP will also be anchored on Greenprint 2030, MMDA’s own road map for urban development. NEDA held briefings last week on the PDP with the MMDA and planning officers of local government units in the NCR, which is composed of 16 cities and the municipality of Pateros. MMDA Chairman Danilo D. Lim said while infrastructure and mass transportation projects detailed in the PDP are needed to ease traffic congestion, “equally important is the support from Metro Manila mayors to make sure that the plan is translated into local policies and projects.”