METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Thomas Orbos will implement a reshuffle of officials coincide with an ongoing inventory and audit of the agency resources.
“We will not be removing people but since traffic management is out of our hands, I have to realign the resources to focus on the rest that I have to work on. I am still rationalizing things,” Orbos said.
The MMDA chief said all offices would be affected by the reshuffle since the agency is now shifting its focus -- from traffic management which was the core of the agency to urban renewal and development.
“The reshuffle has nothing to do with competence or whatever. It is not a new mandate, but a new focus,” he added.
Orbos said the agency is shifting its focus on including flood control, solid waste management, and urban renewal after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) took over the full control of traffic management in the metropolis.
The MMDA is on top of the flood control activities and flood control equipment to mitigate flooding in the metropolis. It operates more than 50 pumping stations all over the metropolis; Effective Flood Control Operation System flood warning system; leading clean-up drive aimed at helping depressed and densely populated communities prevent flooding, among others.
On solid waste management, the MMDA identifies and regulates sanitary landfills where Metro Manila garbage is dumped.