By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
The head of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has named two retired military generals to oversee two crucial departments in the agency: planning and operations.
MMDA chairman Danilo Lim named retired general Roberto Almadin as officer in charge (OIC) for office of the assistant general manager for operations and retired general Joe Campo as OIC for office of the assistant general manager for planning.
Lim said he has full trust and confidence on the former military officials to address corruption issues in the agency and lack of discipline on the roads, President Duterte’s marching orders to him.
In defending their appointments, Lim said Almadin and Campo have “good track records, invaluable leadership. Pound for pound, they can compete with all others.”
“What’s wrong in appointing generals?” asked Lim after leading the flag-raising ceremonies at MMDA grounds in Makati City Monday for the first time.
According to Lim, the ex-generals would help him instill disciple among traffic enforcers and all road users, the key solution to address traffic situation in the metropolis.
“Discipline plays an important role in restoring order on the roads. We aim to develop a culture of discipline.
These generals will give me a helping hand in addressing the Metro Manila’s problems,” added Lim, a retired brigadier general.
As part of the major reorganization since he assumed the post, Lim also named Jose Arturo Danilo Jr. as OIC for planning and concurrent chief of the staff, and lawyers Romano Artes as OIC for finance and administration, Vic Pablo Trinidad as OIC for legal affairs and Michael Salalima as deputy chief of staff.
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