The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be aligning its development plan for the National Capital Region with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017–2022. MMDA will develop NCR’s development plan in partnership with National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
NEDA said executive briefing was condcuted regarding the PDP with the MMDA and planning officers of local government units in NCR to implement the PDP in their localities.
“We have completed a first draft for NCR’s sectoral assessment that will go into the RDP (Regional Development Plan). We are now conducting bilateral consultations with different sectors as we delve into crafting crucial strategies for developing the country’s capital, guided by the overall Philippine Development Plan,” MMDA Director for Metropolitan Planning Josefina Faulan said.
She added that the RDP will also be aligned with MMDA’s own roadmap, the Greenprint 2030.
Greenprint 2030, launch March 2012, aims to further develop Metro Manila’s economic potentials and make it at par with the most urbanized metropolitan areas in the world. It is a comprehensive urban development program that aims to transform the metropolis into a highly-competitive and progressive region.
“It is only timely that we are discussing the PDP—of which, infrastructure development is a key part—as this is the best solution to the heavy traffic that we are experiencing in Metro Manila,” MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said.
Lim added that, while roads, bridges, and modes of mass transportation 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.