By Billy Begas
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the measure creating the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA) to ensure rational development and efficient delivery of basic services in Davao region.
Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, who sponsored House Bill 8930 before the plenary session hall said the MDDA replicates the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Under the measure, the MDDA will administer Davao City, cities of Panabo, Tagum and Island Garden City of Samal (IGACoS) in Davao del Norte; City of Digos in Davao del Sur; and City of Mati in Davao Oriental; the municipalities of Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur, Carmen town in Davao del Norte, Maco town in Davao de Oro and Malita in Davao Occidental.
MDDA will be authorized to plan, implement, monitor, and coordinate functions over policies, programs, projects, activities, and the delivery of common services such as development, planning, transport management, solid waste disposal, flood control, urban renewal, zoning, and land use, health and sanitation, public safety, and related infrastructure and standards that results in economies of scale of which entail expenditure beyond the capacity of single local government units, without diminution of the authority of the local government units.
The governing council, which will be the policy-making body of the MDDA will be composed of the Regional Development Council of Region XI, the provincial governors in the region, and mayors of the administered cities and municipalities.
The chairperson of the Council shall be elected by the members of the council from among themselves, and shall be responsible in ensuring the effective implementation of policies and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the MDDA.