MANILA, Jan 9 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III led Wednesday the launching of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Traffic Signalization System and Command and Control Center that will ease traffic flow and enhance safety and security.
The launch of the project is just in its initial phase which is worth P295 million, the President said. The government targets to complete Phase 3 of the project in 2016.
“Kasabay po ng pagpapabuti natin sa mga mekanismong direktang gumagabay sa mga motorista, tinututukan din natin ang mas malaking sistemang kokontrol sa lahat ng mga ito,” the President said in a speech during the project launch.
“Ang makabagong Command and Control Center pong ito ang magsisilbing utak sa pagmonitor at pagkilos ng MMDA sa masusing pangangasiwa ng sitwasyong pang-trapiko, at magiging pang-kalamidad at pampublikong seguridad.”
The new system can man 400 intersections in Metro Manila. Among the priorities in the project include the upgrade of traffic signal facilities in 85 priority intersections, as well as the installation of 25 high-definition CCTV cameras in strategic locations in the metro.
With the use of CCTV cameras, the MMDA can control the flow of traffic at different locations through pre-planning and use of traffic lights. The control center uses, Hermes, a new traffic signal system that has the ability to track traffic and monitor various control system and future sub-systems in real-time.
“Naniniwala pa rin po tayo: Sa mga komplikadong problemang tulad ng traffic sa Metro Manila, ang pinakamainam na solusyon ay dapat nakaayon ang pondo, kakayahan, at panahon na mayroon tayo,” the President said.
“Sa pagtugon sa traffic, ang kailangan natin ay isang epektibong sistema kung saan mas magiging proactive po tayo, kaysa reactive lamang.”
The project is a partnership of MMDA, Spain-based technology firm Indra and the Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corp. (MIESCOR). (MNS)