After the success of its social network accounts, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has launched the MMDA application for Android phones and tablets, another innovation that would provide real-time traffic information to the public.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino encourages the public to use the application, particularly its built-in traffic reporting mechanism aimed to facilitate data gathering from its users.
“The MMDA apps further pave the way for ‘mobile bayanihan’ and active involvement, as one user’s report can benefit everyone. Citizens are now given a chance to be part of the solution through the use of their smartphone” Tolentino said.
Users can download the application from the Android marketplace by searching for MMDA or going to http://j.mp/MMDAAppA on their Android device.
The new application follows the MMDA iOS app for Apple users released in September, and which, in two months time, has over 64,000 users.
The MMDA iOS application is the first-ever Philippine government agency mobile application. It enables the public to view Metro Manila’s traffic situation in a convenient way anytime, anywhere.
Both versions of the MMDA applications use data from the web-based Metro Manila Traffic Navigator (http://mmda.gov.ph/navigator), which contains current traffic conditions along the major thoroughfares such as EDSA, C-5, Roxas Boulevard, Quezon Avenue, Marcos Highway, Commonwealth Avenue, South Luzon Expressway, and España.
Student volunteers from the University of the Philippines Information Technology Training Center developed the MMDA for Android application. Aside from traffic information, the app also contains the agency’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for easy reference of motorists. Users can see the traffic situation either in system, map, or line views.