Castelo urges closer coordination of DPWH, MMDA

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HOUSE committee on Metro Manila development chairman Rep. Winston Castelo asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to coordinate closely with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and other concerned agencies to ensure that implementation of infrastructure projects will not worsen traffic in the National Capital Region.

“Minsan kasi sabay-sabay, walang planning katulad ng MMDA at DPWH. Kapag meron proyekto ang MMDA na re-blocking ganun din ang DPWH. Yung pagkuha ng permit ay hindi synchronized. For this purpose na sana ma-synchronize natin at ma-coordinate natin lahat,” Castelo said during a hearing.

“Development projects in Metro Manila could be contributory to the traffic situation especially if there will be no coordination among the government agencies,” said Castelo during a hearing.

Rep. Bayani Fernando (1st District, Marikina City), former MMDA chairman, asked DPWH officials at the hearing what significant projects that can be completed this year that will ease the traffic situation in Metro Manila.

DPWH-NCR Director Melvin Navarro said the Mindanao Avenue Extension that will run up to Gen. Ruiz and provide the northern links to Novaliches, Commonwealth Avenue and Quirino Highway is one of such projects.

Navarro said the road widening in Quezon Avenue, from the Wildlife Park in Quezon Memorial Circle all the way to University of the Philippines (UP) is done and is helping ease vehicular traffic in the area.

Other projects scheduled for completion this year and aimed at easing traffic flow are
the construction of the 10-kilometer Laguna Lake highway from Taytay to Bicutan and the Eastern corridor four-lane roads and bridges plus bike lane.

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