MANILA — Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos, Jr. has resigned from his post Monday as chair of the Metropolitan Manila Pattern Authority (MMDA) which he held for greater than a year.
“I would truly like to jabber that I’m resigning as MMDA Chairman effective the discontinuance of industry hours of February 7, 2022. I in fact like submitted my resignation letter to the President,” Abalos mentioned in a press briefing on the MMDA headquarters in Makati City.
Abalos will attend because the national campaign supervisor of presidential aspirant feeble senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
“The campaign duration is mercurial drawing shut and I would must devote my time to Senator Bongbong Marcos’ campaign as his national campaign supervisor. While I’m extraordinarily saddened by this, I would just like the company success in its every program, mission, and initiative for the betterment of the metropolis,” Abalos mentioned.
Abalos designated incumbent MMDA Frequent Manager Romando Artes because the company’s officer-in-ticket, pending the appointment of the next MMDA chairman by Malacañang.
“GM Artes is a criminal skilled. He knows all the pieces. Alternatively, let me reiterate that the President has the prerogative to nominate the next chairman of the MMDA,” Abalos mentioned.
Abalos thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for the appointment. “I thanked President Duterte for his corpulent have faith and self belief in me, most in particular for believing in my functionality to manual the MMDA,” Abalos mentioned.
Abalos, a criminal skilled, served as MMDA chief for greater than a year, changing the late Danilo Lim who handed away in January 2021.
Since his appointment, Abalos led programs and initiatives carrying out the mandates of the company under Republic Act 7924.
Among these are the pandemic response of the National Capital Keep and the policies initiated by technique of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) to additional decrease the gathering of Covid-19 cases in direction of eventual herd immunity within the living. Abalos also urged the Covid-19 pandemic response of the National Capital Keep.
He spearheaded the vaccination of the company’s workers, in addition to economic entrance-liners equivalent to Philippine Basketball Association officials, cagers, and workers, and those from the entertainment industry.
As an overall chair of the MMC, Abalos also initiated the “Vax As One” program of the Metro Manila mayors.
He worked carefully with the native chief executives and coordinated with one one other in direction of the downward pattern of Covid-19 cases within the metropolis. It has authorised predominant policies on the metropolis’ united switch and decision to rupture its abnormal vision of shielding the health and welfare of Metro Manileños.
Below his helm, Abalos carried the slogan “MMDA At Your Service” as he led the company to be of service to every Metro Manileño.
Abalos initiated fundamental initiatives, equivalent to flood alter mitigating measures, online page visitors reduction initiatives, sanitation and beautification, whereas guaranteeing that the metropolis address the pandemic.
“The MMDA will continuously be at your service, living as a lot as the company’s commitment to present instructed, efficient and effective companies for a ample, livable and workable atmosphere for all,” Abalos mentioned.
On online page visitors and transport management, Abalos led the reopening of U-flip slots on Edsa, clearing operations at Balintawak Market, bicycle lane enhancements, clearing of ground ground ranges of flyovers along Edsa, the unveiling of motorbike emergency laybys, launching cashless funds for online page visitors violations, and opening of Kalawaan living for Pasig River Ferry Service.
On flood alter and sewerage management, he also ensured that pumping stations are operational, launched the MMDA’s stable waste granulator and brick-making facility to diminish waste on waterways, and launched the two waste diversion initiatives equivalent to Mobile Materials Recovery Facility (MMRF) and Group Basically essentially based mostly Takakura Composting designed to diminish waste in direction of a greener and more healthy metro whereas promoting segregation and composting in communities.
On city renewal, Abalos launched the “I Relish MM (Metro Manila),” an advocacy envisioned to uplift the spirits of its residents convalescing from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in addition to to beef up initiatives on city renewal that targets to transform the metropolis to be a more livable, greener, and resilient living.
Throughout the ‘I Relish MM’ launching on November 13, 2021, National Assignment Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. awarded the MMDA a plaque of recognition, via Abalos, for delivering purposeful strengthen to the national executive’s interventions to address the pandemic. (PR)
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