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MDDA is thought to be a better version of MMDA.

MANILA, Philippines — According to Sen. Francis Tolentino, the former chief of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the newly formed Metro Davao Development Authority (MDDA) will be an upgraded version of the latter.

In an online broadcast on Monday, Tolentino explained that the MMDA was founded to handle congestion and other shared concerns faced by local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region, as opposed to the MDDA, which foresees future challenges in Metro Davao.

The MMDA also has police authority to consider enforcing peace and order, while the Metro Davao Police Force will have its own mandate from the Police Regional Office and provincial offices.

“‘To nakita natin nung pandemic simulation, eh. (We saw this at the beginnings of the pandemic.) Iba ‘yung curfew, iba ‘yung lockdown, napakagulo The curfews [imposed by the LGUs] were different, as were the lockdowns; it was perplexing) “Tolentino remarked.

In an interview with vice presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for Net25’s “Sa Ganang Mamamayan,” Tolentino talked about how the MDDA can draft its own ordinances, unlike the MMDA, which is reliant on local government ordinances.

Duterte expressed gratitude to Tolentino and the Senate for enacting Republic Act 11708, which established the MDDA.

Peace and order, solid waste management, traffic management, and transportation are among the pressing issues that the MDDA must handle, according to her.

“Hopefully, whoever is picked as Metro Davao’s chairman would plan well and execute the collaboration as soon as feasible,” she said.

Davao City and the surrounding cities of Panabo, Tagum, and Samal in Davao del Norte; Digos in Davao del Sur; Mati in Davao Oriental; and the municipalities of Sta. Cruz, Hagonoy, Padada, Malalag, and Sulop in Davao del Sur; Carmen in Davao del Norte; Maco in Davao de Oro; and Malita and Sta. Maria in Da

The Metropolitan Davao Development Council, comprised of the chairperson of the Regional Development Council-Region 11, governors of the five provinces, six city mayors, and nine municipal mayors, would serve as the governing board and policy-making body.

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