Makati court blocks MMDA crackdown on billboards

Interaksyon.com reports that Judge Elpidio Calis of Makati's Regional Trial Court Branch 133 has granted the petition for TRO of the Makati-based Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines (OAAP), which had "sought court relief" against the crackdown on billboards waged by both the MMDA and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Interaksyon.com reports that Judge Elpidio Calis of Makati's Regional Trial Court Branch 133 has granted the petition for TRO of the Makati-based Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines (OAAP), which had "sought court relief" against the crackdown on billboards waged by both the MMDA and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

 

The billboard drive was undertaken in the wake of "protests against some of the huge billboards lined up alongside the long stretch of EDSA." The report pointed out that people had complained about the threats posed to the public by billboards that are inordinately huge and of poor quality. Other people had also brought up "morality issues" about certain billboards. (Remember the billboards featuring the Philippine Volcanoes?)

 

Nevertheless, according to the report, OAAP had complained that the MMDA "exceeded its authority under its charter by dismantling and rolling down advertising materials installed on billboards along major roads, including EDSA."

 

Thus, the report revealed: "In a three-page order, Judge Calis ordered a suspension in the implementation of MMDA Memorandum Circular No. 10, Series of 2011, and the MMDA Regulation No. 04-004 Series of 2004, prescribing the guidelines in the display and installation of billboards and advertising signs along major and secondary roads and open spaces in Metro Manila."

 

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