OF THE PHILIPPINES
OF THE PHILIPPINES
METRO MANILA THIRD REGULAR SESSION
and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-fifth day of July, nineteen
hundred and ninety four.
ACT NO. 7924]
ACT CREATING THE METROPOLITAN MANILA DEVELOPMNET
AUTHORITY, DEFINING ITS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS,
PROVIDING FUNDING THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Philippines
in Congress assembled:
1 Declaration of Policy - It is hereby declared to be the policy of
the State to treat Metropolitan Manila as a special development and
administrative region and certain basic services affecting or involving
Metro Manila as metro-wide services more efficiently and effectively
planned, supervised and coordinated by a development authority as created
therein, without prejudice to the autonomy of the affected local gvernment
to this policy, Metropolitan Manila, as a public corporation created
under Presidential Decree No. 824, embracing the Cities of Caloocan,
Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasay, and Quezon and the Municipalities of Las
Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Marikina, Muntinlupa Navotas, Parañaque,
Pasig, Pateros, San Juan, Tagig, and Valenzuela, is hereby constituted
into a special development and administered region.
2 Creation of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. - The affairs
of Metropolitan Manila shall be administered by the Metropolitan Manila
Development Authority, hereinafter referred to as the MMDA, to replace
the Metro Manila Authority (MMA) organized under Executive Order No.
392, Series of 1990.
MMDA shall perform planning, monitoring and coordinative functions,
and in the process exercise regulatory and supervisory authority over
the delivery of metro-wide services within Metro Manila without diminution
of the autonomy of the local government units concerning purely local
3 Scope of MMDA Services. - Metro-wide services under the jurisdiction
of the MMDA are those services which have metro-wide impact and transcend
legal political boundaries or entail huge expenditures such that it
would not be viable for said services to be provided by the individual
local government units (LGUs) comprising Metropolitan Manila. These
services shall include:
planning which includes the preparation of medium and long-term development
plans: the development evaluation and packaging of projects; investment
programming and coordination and monitoring of plan, program and project
Transport and traffic management which includes the formulation, coordination
and monitoring of policies, standards, programs and projects to rationalize
the existing transport operations, infrastructure requirements, the
use of thoroughfares, and promotions of safe and convenient movement
of persons and goods: provision for the mass transport system and the
institution of a system to regulate road users; administration and implementation
of all irerhe enforcement operations, traffic engineering services and
traffic education programs, including the institution of a single ticketing
system in Metropolitan Manila.
Solid waste disposal and management which include formulation, and implementation
of policies, standards, programs and projects for proper and sanitary
waste disposal. It shall likewise include the establishment and operation
of sanitary landfill and related facilities and the implementation of
other alternative programs intended to reduce, reuse and recycle solid
Flood control and sewerage management which includes the formulation
and implementation of policies, standards, programs and projects for
an integrated flood control, drainage and sewerage system.
Urban renewal, zoning and land use planning, and shelter services which
includes the formulation, adoption and implementation of policies, standards,
rules and regulations, programs and projects to rationalize and optimize
urban land use and provide direction to urban growth and expansion,
the rehabilitation and development of slum and blighted areas, the development
of shelter and housing facilities and the provision of necessary social
Health and sanitation, urban protection and pollution control which
includes the formulation and implementation of policies, rules and regulations,
standards, programs and projects for the promotion and safeguarding
of the health and sanitation of the region and for the enhancement of
ecological balance and the prevention, control and abatement of environmental
Public safety which includes the formulation and implementation of programs
and policies and procedures to , achieve public safety, especially preparedness
for preventive or rescue operations during times of calamities and disasters
such as conflagrations, earthquake,-flood and tidal waves; and coordination
and mobilization of resources and the implementation for rehabilitation
and relief operations in coordination with national agencies concerned.
4 Metro Manila Council. The governing board and policy making body of
the MMDA shall be the Metro Manila Council, composed Of the majors of
the eight (8) cities and nine (9) municipalities enumerated in Section
1 hereof and the president of the Metro Manila Vice Mayors League and
the president of the Metro Manila Councilors League.
heads of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC),
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Tourism
(DOT), Department of Budget and Management Office, Housing Urban and
Development Coordinating Committee (HUDCC) and the Philippine National
Police (PNP) or their duly authorized representatives, shall attend
meetings of the Council as non-voting members.
Council shall be headed by a Chairman, who shall be appointed by the
President and who shall continue to hold office at the discretion of
the appointing authority. He shall be vested with the rank, rights,
privileges, disqualifications, and prohibitions of a Cabinet member.
Chairman shall be assisted by a General Manager, an Assistant General
Manager for Finance and Administration, an Assistant General Manager
for Planning and an Assistant General Manager for Operations, all of
whom shall be appointed by the President with the consent and concurrence
of the majority of the Council, subject to civil service laws and regulations.
They shall enjoy security of tenure and may be removed for cause in
accordance with law.
Assistant General Manager for Planning must have not less than five
(5) years of extensive experience in development and planning or must
hold a master's degree in urban planning or similar discipline.
Chairman and the members of the Council shall be entitled to allowances
and per diems in accordance with existing policies, rules and regulations
on the matter.
5. Functions and powers of the Metro Manila Development Authority. -
The MMDA shall:
coordinate and regulate the implementation of medium and long term plans
and programs for the delivery of metro-wide services, land use and physical
development within Metropolitan Manila, consistent with national development
objectives and priorities.
Prepare, coordinate and regulate the implementation of medium term investment
programs tor metro-wide services which shall indicate sources and uses
of funds for priority programs and projects, which shall include the
packaging of projects and presentation to funding institutions;
Undertake and manage on its own metro-wide programs and projects for
the delivery of specific services under its jurisdiction subject to
the approval of the Council. For this purpose, MMDA can create appropriate
project management offices;
Coordinate and monitor the implementation of such plans, programs and
projects in Metro Manila; identify bottlenecks and adopt solutions to
problems of implementation; and
The MMDA shall set the policies concerning traffic in Metropolitan Manila,
and coordinate and regulate the implementation of all programs and projects
concerning traffic management specifically pertaining to enforcement,
engineering and education. Upon request, it shall be extended assistance
and cooperation, including but not limited to, assignment of personnel,
by all other government agencies and offices concerned.
Install and administer a single ticketing system, fix, impose and collect
fines and penalties for all kinds of violations of traffic rules and
regulations, whether moving or non-moving in nature, and confiscate
and suspend or revoke driver's licenses in the enforcement of such traffic
laws and regulations, the provisions of RA 4136 and PD 1605 to the contrary
notwithstanding. For this purpose, the Authority shall enforce all traffic
laws and regulations in Metro Manila, through its traffic operation
center, and may deputized members of the PNP, traffic enforcers of local
government units, duly licensed security guards or members of non-governmental
organizations to whom may be delegated certain authority, subject to
such conditions and requirements as the Authority may impose.
Perform other related functions required to achieve the objectives of
the MMDA, including the undertaking of delivery of basic services to
the local government units when deemed necessary, subject to prior coordination
with and consent of the local government unit concerned.
6 Functions of the Metro Manila Council. -
The Council shall be the policy making body of the MMDA.
It shall approve metro-wide plans, programs and projects and issue rules
and regulations and resolutions deemed necessary by the MMDA to carry
out the purposes of this Act.
it may increase the rate of allowances and per diems of the members
of the Council to take effect during the term of the succeeding Council;
it shall fix the compensation of the officers and personnel of the MMDA,
and approve the annual budget thereof for submission to the DBM.
It shall promulgate rules and regulations and set policies and standards
for metro-wide application governing the delivery of basic services,
prescribe and collect service and regulatory fees, and impose and collect
fines and penalties.
7 Functions of the Chairman. -The Chairman shall:
Appoint, subject to civil service laws, rules and regulations. all subordinate
officers and employees, who shall enjoy security of tenure and may be
removed only for cause in accordance with law. The Chairman is hereby
authorized to engage the services of experts/consultants either on full
time or part-time basis, as may be required in the performance of his
functions and duties as may be determined by him:
Execute the policies and measures approved by the Metro Manila Council
and be responsible for the efficient and effective day-to-day management
of the operations of the MMDA;
Prepare the annual budget for the operations of the MMDA for submission
Submit for consideration of the Council such other policies and measures
as may be deemed necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions
of this Act;
Subject to the guidelines and policies set by the Council, prepare the
staffing pattern and fix the number of subordinate officials and employees
of the MMDA; and exercise the power to discipline subordinate officials
and employees under the provision of law;
Prepare an annual report on the accomplishments of the MMDA at the close
of each calendar year for submission to the Council and to the President
of the Philippines; and
Perform such other duties as may be assigned to him by the President
or by the Council.
8 Functions of the General Manager. The General Manager shall:
Assist the Chairman in the administration of the MMDA and supervision
of subordinate personnel;
Assist the Chairman in the supervision of the operation of various operating
centers and units of MMDA;
Assist the Chairman in the review of plans and programs for the MMDA
and for Metro Manila, in the preparation of the annual report of the
activities and accomplishments of the MMDA; and
Perform such other duties and functions as maybe lawfully delegated
or assigned by the Chairman from time to time.
9 Institutional Linkages of the MMDA. - The MMDA shall, in carrying
out its functions, consult, coordinate and work closely with the LGUs,
the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and other national
government agencies mentioned in Section 4 hereof and accredited people's
organizations (POs); non-governmental organizations - (NGOs), and the
private sector operating in Metro Manila. The MMDA Chairman or his authorized
representative from among the Council members, shall be ex-officio member
of the boards of government corporations and corporations and committees
of the department and offices of government whose activities are relevant
to the objectives and responsibilities of the MMDA which shall include
but not limited to Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage (MWSS), DOTC,
DPWH, HUDCC and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
MMDA shall have a master plan that shall serve as the framework for
the local development plans of the component LGUs.
MMDA shall submit its development plans and investment programs to the
NEDA for integration into the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan
(MTPDD) and public investment program.
implementation of the MMDA's plans, programs and projects shall be undertaken
by the LGUs, the concerned national government agencies, the POs, NGOs
and the private sector and MMDA itself where appropriate. For this purpose,
the MMDA may enter into contracts, memoranda of agreement and other
cooperative arrangements with these bodies for the delivery of the required
services within Metropolitan Manila.
MMDA shall, in coordination with the NEDA and the Department of Finance,
interface with the foreign assistance agencies for purposes of obtaining
financing support, grants and donations in support of its programs and
10 Sources of Funds and the Operating Budget of MMDA -
To carry out the purposes of this Act, the amount of One billion pesos
(PI ,000,000,000) is hereby authorized to the appropriated for the initial
operation of the MMDA. Thereafter, the annual expenditures including
capital outlays of the MMDA shall be provided in the general Appropriations
The MMDA shall continue to receive the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA)
currently allocated to the present MMA.
The MMDA is likewise empowered to levy fines and impose fees and charges
for various services rendered.
Five percent (5%) of the total annual gross revenue of the preceding
year, net of the internal revenue allotment, of each local government
unit mentioned in Section 2 hereof, shall accrue and become payable
monthly to the MMDA by each city or municipality. In case of failure
to remit the said fixed contribution, the DBM shall cause the disbursement
of the same to MMDA chargeable against the IRA allotment of the city
or municipality concerned, the provisions of Section 286 of RA 7160
to the contrary notwithstanding.
11 Transitory Provisions. - To prevent disruption in the delivery of
basic urban services pending the full implementation of the MMDA's organizational
structure and staffing pattern, all officials and employees of the interim
MMA shall continue to exercise their duties and functions and receive
their salaries and allowances until they shall have been given notice
of change of duties and functions, and of being transferred to another
office or position.
assets and properties presently in used or under the accountability
of the interim MMA and all its obligations, indebtedness or liabilities
shall be transferred to and assumed by the MMDA created under this Act,
subject to the condition that may be established by the Department of
Budget and Management, Office of the President and Commission on Audit.
Civil Service Rules and Regulations pertinent to the displacement of
personnel affected by this Act shall be strictly enforced. The national
government shall provide such amount as may be necessary to pay the
benefits accruing to displace employees at the rate of one and one-fourth
(1-1/4) month's salary for every year of service: provided if qualified
for retirement under existing retirement laws, said employees may receive
the benefits thereunder.
12 Repealing Clause. - Executive Order No. 392 dated January 9, 1990
is hereby repealed. All other laws, decrees, executive orders, rules
and regulations or parts thereof inconsistent with or contrary to the
provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
13 Separability Clause. - In any part or provision of this Act is held
unconstitutional or invalid, other parts of provisions thereof which
are not affected shall continue to remain in full force and effect.
14 Effectivity. - This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days following
completion of its publication in at least two (2) newspapers of general
President of the Senate
DE VENECIA, JR.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Act which originated in the House of Representatives was finally
passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on February
21, 1995 and February 14, 1995, respectively
Secretary of the Senate
Secretary General of the
House of Representatives
President of the Philippines
March 1, 1995