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Probe looms over MMDA’s pink traffic signs

January 31, 2009 5:00am
MANILA, Philippines - An investigation by the House of Representatives looms over the pink traffic signs put up by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Bayan Muna party list Reps. Satur Ocampo and Teodoro Casiño filed House Resolution 916 directing the House Committee on Metro Manila Development to conduct the investigation in aid of legislation.

"The MMDA is bound to abide by the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals because the Philippines is a state party to these conventions and treaties. This convention specified the precise colors, sizes and shapes for each traffic sign class, white, yellow, black, blue, green, orange, and grey are the internationally accepted colors used by the
52 state parties to the convention," Ocampo said in an article on the House of Representatives website. www.congress.gov.ph

In their resolution, they said the pink signs allegedly violate both international standards and local laws.

They also urged the committee to look into the source of funding for the pink traffic signs and to ascertain if this was authorized and approved by the Metro Manila Council (MMC).

The two cited Republic Act 7924, which requires the approval by the MMC of the policies and measures to be executed by the MMDA Chairman.

Ocampo and Casiño questioned the decision of the MMDA Chairman to use the pink colored traffic signs, road signs, traffic information signage and lanes, saying pink is not included in the international standard colors.

They said these MMDA traffic signs not only violate the country's commitment to the international convention in Vienna, but are also a public nuisance that violate Article 694, Title VII Book II of the Civil Code, that prohibits any act, omission, establishment, condition of property, or anything else that annoys or offends the senses.

Also, they described the pink traffic signs and road signs and all other traffic management projects of MMDA as eyesores that worsen the visual blight plaguing Metro Manila.

Other authors of HR 916 include Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano, and Gabriela Women's Party Reps. Luzviminda Ilagan and Liza Maza. - GMANews.TV
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