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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

MMDA gets P680M for urban renewal

QUEZON CITY, Jan 4 (PIA) -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) recently released P680 million to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for its urban renewal projects.

DBM Secretary Florencio ”Butch” Abad said that this is in support of President Benigno Aquino III’s commitment to ensure productive and safe urban communities.

“There’s no let-up in President Aquino’s drive for urban renewal. This fund release will help MMDA implement critical projects that seek to clean the metropolis and its waterways, and to establish a safe environment for Metro Manila’s inhabitants," Secretary Abad said.

The released fund is intended for projects that were strongly endorsed by MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino to support his agency’s agenda to create a more liveable Metro Manila.

The fund is broken down as follows: P295.6 million will be used for the construction of a pumping station at the mouth of Salapan Creek in San Juan City to mitigate flooding in key barangays of the city and Quezon City; P154.4 million will be used for Phase 1 construction of various urban renewal, flood control and traffic management projects throughout the metro which totals P375 million; and the remaining P230 million will be used to address deficiencies in the payment of tipping fees for disposed garbage.

Meanwhile, MMDA has lined up other projects for Metro Manila’s environment compliance and renewal this year.

New billboard guidelines will be enforced next week for an uncluttered skyline and a safer metropolis. Digital traffic lights are now being piloted in selected intersections meant to replace existing analog lights to save on energy and manpower cost. The MMDA chairman is also bent on pursuing for a Skybridge to decongest Metro Manila. (RJB/LFB-PIA NCR)

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