Erice has justified the creation of the MMRA saying that the "time has come for the establishment of a metropolitan entity that will not be a mere administrative coordinating body like the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) but a regional political subdivision more akin to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
He added that unlike the MMDA which is confined only to planning, monitoring and coordinative functions as well as regulatory and supervisory authority over the delivery of metro-wide services within the NCR, the proposed MMRA will be "vested with the police powers and other typical municipal powers, in addition to the administrative and coordinative functions of the MMDA.
Therefore, the court said, MMRA
was correct in asserting that the statutory language was ambiguous.
is also well placed to deliver the project as the Metro Tunnel and duplication from Deer Park will enable future electrification of the line to Melton creating a brand new metropolitan train line into the city.
In preparation for the Early Works package, MMRA
is undertaking site investigations along the alignment.
The JV will support MMRA
in progressing technical, planning, and engagement work for the project, with key activities already underway.
Based on the results of the MMRAS released last week, there were a total of 95,615 traffic accidents in the National Capital Region for 2015, up by around 5,000 compared to the year before.