MANILA, Philippines – Newly-designated Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chief Danilo Lim has appointed two more retired generals to their respective posts after assuming office about a week ago.
Lim, a former Army brigadier general himself, has named retired generals Roberto Almadin as officer in charge (OIC) for office of the assistant general manager for operations and Joe Campo as OIC for office of the assistant general manager for planning.
The former Customs commissioner vouched for the reputation of his former colleagues and said there is nothing wrong with appointing ex-military men to the government positions.
“What’s wrong in appointing generals?” said Lim in defending his move. “These people have good records. Their service are unparalleled. They can compete with all the others and I know them.”
Lim added that Almadin and Campo will assist him in addressing the traffic problems especially in instilling discipline among traffic enforcers.
“Discipline plays an important role in restoring order on the roads. We aim to develop a culture of discipline,” Lim said.
Lim earlier promised a shake up in the MMDA but would not introduce any new schemes and vowed to ‘go back to basics’ in implementing traffic rules and eradicating corruption within the agency.
Lim was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte last May 20, replacing acting MMDA chair and General Manager Tomas Orbos.