MMDA plans to remove billboards along EDSA and Pasig River

( Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino recently told ANC that the agency is planning to dismantle the billboards located along EDSA within a few years, reports ABS-CBN News. "They (the billboards) should not be there in the first place."

Under the National Building Code, Tolentino said heritage sites like EDSA should be billboard-free. In the ANC interview, he said the MMDA plan is feasible, saying that Brazil’s Sao Paulo became billboard-free within two years.

ABS-CBN News reports that Tolentino said he has already hinted about their plans to billboard operators. To ease into the transition, the MMDA will require operators to plant two trees for every billboard, according to the report.

The MMDA also plans on removing billboards along the Pasig River, which are in violation of the National Building Code according to Tolentino. "We are not against billboards per se... but regulation will become the buzzword," Tolentino told ANC.

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