MMDA files another urgent motion on billboard

September 29, 2011 9:41 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 28 — Despite its failure to get the court’s nod on its earlier petition, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it will file again another urgent motion Thursday before the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC).

The MMDA is seeking permission to be allowed to roll down tarpaulins on billboards along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) and other major thoroughfares in the metropolis.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said they will file the motion before the sala of Makati RTC Branch 133 Judge Elpidio Calis as part of their preparation on the possibility that another typhoon will hit the country this coming weekend.

“Magpa-file ulit kami ng urgent motion sa Huwebes sa Makati RTC dahil may darating na naman na bagyo at sana this time aksyunan naman ng korte ang ating kahilingan para na rin sa kaligtasan ng mga motorista,” Tolentino said.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that a tropical depression off Northern Luzon has developed into a storm that has been given an international code name of “Nalgae,” the Korean word for wings.

Once it enters the country the weather bureau said it will be given the local name “Quiel.”

It will be recalled that the MMDA sought the court’s permission to remove tarpaulins from billboards along major thoroughfares in the metropolis prior to the onslaught of typhoon “Pedring” but the court did not issue any order.

Calis earlier issued a temporary restraining order enjoining the MMDA and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) from carrying out its anti-billboard crackdown.

The MMDA and the Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines (OAAP) which filed the injunction case have agreed to an status quo during the last court hearing on the case.

Tolentino said they did not want a repeat of Tuesday’s incident when a billboard was toppled along Buendia Avenue in Makati at the height of “Pedring’s” fury hitting a passenger bus and a private vehicle and injuring two persons.

At the same time, the MMDA rued the incident saying had they've been allowed by the court, then such incident would not have happened as their personnel would roll down the tarpaulin. (PNA)



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