An Assessment on the Coordination of the Metro Manila Development Authority with the Local Government Units of Mandaluyong, Makati, Taguig, and Quezon City in Addressing Traffic Congestion



Traffic congestion is very much prevalent in many urban cities. Metro Manila is consistently confronted with heavy traffic congestion due to the amount of people using both private and public transportation and the cities implementing their own traffic ordinances. The Metro Manila Development Authority’s administrative jurisdiction over the National Capital Region with regard traffic management has been an issue over which agency has the authority in implementing traffic regulations. The overall purpose of this research is to assess the coordination mechanisms and policies of the MMDA with four (4) local government units with large commercial business districts, namely, Mandaluyong, Makati, Taguig, and Quezon City, and to relate such with their traffic management and urban planning. Through the data analysis of comparing and contrasting and the use of the three indicators of the framework of the study, which are socio-legal, socio-technical, and socio-psychological, interviews and data gathered have proven that there were inconsistencies in the traffic ordinances which are reflective to the coordinative mechanism of MMDA with the LGUs. These were shown in the answers of the different interviewees which were found incongruous from each other on the following codes: presence of traffic enforcers on the major roads, program implemented or specifically number coding, monthly meetings and their communication source. This research study concludes then that the present mechanism of MMDA in coordinating with the four (4) LGUs with regard traffic management and urban planning is effective, however, still presents a weak coordinating mechanism between the two.

Keywords: Local Government Units, Metro Manila Development Authority, traffic management, coordinating mechanism, and administrative jurisdiction.

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