MMDA traffic-discipline head to leave agency for private sector

Was responsible for MMDA\'s Twitter account among other things
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | May 29, 2013

\"TopGear.com.ph

Atty. Yves Gonzalez, the head of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority\'s traffic discipline office is reportedly leaving the agency to work for the private sector.

According to Inquirer.net, Gonzalez\'s resignation will take effect on May 30 with retired police general Francisco Manalo serving as his temporary replacement. Manalo\'s most recent role in the MMDA prior to his reassignment was as the director of the EDSA traffic and transport zone.

\"We are grateful to have had him for his technological input,\" MMDA chief Francis Tolentino said in the report. \"His resignation is a big loss on our part.\"

During his tenure at the MMDA, Gonzalez made significant contributions to the agency like the establishment of the Navigator app for smartphones and tablets, and its Twitter account which provides real-time traffic updates. It was also under Gonzalez\'s watch that the MMDA acquired its breathalyzer kits to test if its enforcers are drunk while doing their law-enforcement duties.

\"I am thankful to chairman Francis Tolentino for his trust and support these past three years,\" Gonzalez said in a statement sent to TopGear.com.ph. \"It is an honor to have been given the opportunity to serve the public as Metro Manila\'s traffic director, helping to bring positive changes to our metropolis through the MMDA. Under the strong leadership and guidance of chairman Tolentino, I did the best I could with the resources that we had. \'Always leave things better than when you found them.\' I hope that I was able to accomplish this, no matter how small.\"

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The government\'s loss is the private sector\'s gain. Good luck on your future endeavors, Atty. Gonzalez!

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