(Metro News) MMDA to launch ‘Metro Manila Green Print 2030’

March 5, 2012 11:30 am 

MANILA, March 5 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will formally launch on Tuesday (March 6) a plan that it said will provide the overall framework to transform the National Capital Region (NCR) into a highly-competitive metropolis comparable with the best in the East Asian region.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the framework, dubbed the “Metro Manila Green Print 2030”, will not only provide guidance to the 17 local government units (LGUs) in NCR on the use of land and other resources but also specify policies and directions in consideration of the roles played by surrounding regions of Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon in the economic integration and complementation of resources.

Tolentino said the framework will also direct the region’s utilization of land and physical resources with the end in view of maximizing economic growth for its residents.

“The aim of this is to produce a roadmap to transform Metro Manila into a highly-competitive metropolis sustainably delivering higher standards of living to its residents,” Tolentino said, adding that the World Bank has committed to provide initial funding for its formulation.

Aside from this, he added that it will likewise integrate key development concerns such as the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), noting that the high vulnerability of the metropolis to natural and man-made disasters as witnessed by the massive devastation brought by Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009 when large portion of Metro Manila was flooded, resulting to numerous deaths and billions of pesos in damages to infrastructures.

The Green Print, according to the agency will also complement the NCR Regional Development Plan 2011-2016, the "Metro Ko, Metro Love Ko" urban renewal program, the Metro Manila Re-Greening Program, the Metro Manila Open Spaces Program (MOSS) and other similar projects.

The MOSS program is designed to provide Metro residents to enjoy urban living side-by-side with gardens and parks to serve as “environmental sinks” and recreational areas.

Tolentino said providing residents with such “green” amenities will results to a higher standard of living as envisioned in they Green Print but so far only nine LGUs (Caloocan, Makati, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pateros, Taguig and Las Pinas) have submitted their proposed open spaces for the program. (PNA)

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