MMDA needs volunteer lawyers vs erring barangay officials

  • May 15, 2017

MAKATI CITY, May 15 (PIA) - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is calling on lawyers to lend their services to the agency to handle cases against erring officials who fail to keep their jurisdiction free of illegally parked vehicles and other road obstructions.


The agency made the call after it has intensified its drive against barangay officials who continue to violate the ‘no-parking’ and ‘tow-away’ rules in their respective localities.


“We have stepped up our anti-illegal parking and sidewalk clearing operations all over Metro Manila to ultimately improve the traffic situation,” said MMDA Officer-in- Charge Tim Orbos.


Orbos pointed that the agency would only attain this with the cooperation and support of all the stakeholders, including the barangay personnel.


The MMDA official also said that the agency’s legal department recently filed administrative cases before the Office of the Ombudsman against at least seven barangay chairmen for failure to clear the streets that were already cleared and cleaned by MMDA personnel.


He added that barangay chairmen can also face administrative cases for failure to maintain the river ways and esteros in their areas garbage-free.


The agency has been continuously conducting river and estero cleanups in various waterways in Metro Manila via the Estero Blitz program to mitigate massive flooding during the rainy season.


Aside from barangay personnel, Orbos said the agency will need the services of volunteer-lawyers to file cases against business establishments that continue to allow vehicles of their clients to park beyond the road easement.


“We encourage all lawyers to help us in our fight against negligent barangay officials. We cannot do it alone as we lack manpower and resources,” he said. (MMDA/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)

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