The following is a press release from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), in partnership with MediaQuest Holdings, is set to develop a system via mobile application to keep the public up-to-date on traffic reports, flood alerts, and disaster and emergency preparedness updates.
On Thursday, MMDA Chairman Danilo D. Lim signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Atty. Ray C. Espinosa, President and Chief Executive Officer of MediaQuest Holdings, Inc. to cement their partnership in delivering useful information to the general public using the latest technology.
Under the MOA, MMDA and MediaQuest Holdings will develop a mobile application that will give users access to traffic situations across major thoroughfares that would help motorists in planning their trips, and help commuters when travelling the metropolis.
The mobile app will also deliver information related to road conditions, road repairs, floods, the Pasig River Ferry System and other public transport schedules, earthquake preparedness updates, and other useful information.
They target to launch the mobile app December this year.
The MMDA and MediaQuest have also agreed to cooperate with one another in providing real-time information through respective media platforms like TV5, Cignal’s One News.
During the event, Lim expressed gratefulness to MediaQuest officials for collaborating with the agency to keep the public informed.
“I am sure this platform will help prevent the spread of disinformation and help increase public’s participation at a higher level,” said Lim.
“Our interest is to involve the public in the government’s programs. With media’s effectiveness and credibility at hand, we hope to develop a culture of vigilance leading to an involved citizenry,” he added.
For his part, Espinosa also thanked the agency for the opportunity to service the public.
The MMDA earlier collaborated with TV5 in developing a Traffic Navigator that allows motorists to get real-time traffic updates via the Internet. – Rappler.com/Press Release