MALACAÑANG has yet to publicly name him, but the new head of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) started to quietly make the rounds of his new post.

Former Tagaytay Mayor and new MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino met Friday with General Manager Roberto Nacianceno for a briefing on the ins and outs of his job.

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“I asked for a meeting with him yesterday so I can brief him. Nagkita kami isang oras (We met for an hour), I gave him brief outline of what to expect,” Nacianceno said on government-run dzRB radio Saturday.

Tolentino replaces Oscar Inocentes, who was appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when then MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando ran for vice president in the May polls.

Nacianceno said Tolentino appeared to have done his research and gave him the impression of being a “very serious person”.

“I think he’s a very serious person. He looks like he’s well-read,” he added.

On Friday, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III gave hints of the new MMDA chairman but fell short of naming him. He said the new MMDA chairman faced some charges but those seemed to be harassment suits.

Nacianceno meanwhile said one of the major problems that the MMDA faces will include “never-ending work” in cleaning up Metro Manila of garbage, which he blamed for floods in the metropolis.

He said the floods that hit parts of Metro Manila following a downpour show people have yet to learn the lessons of Typhoon Ondoy, which dumped floods on Metro Manila in September 2009. “Di na natuto ang tao sa Ondoy (People have not learned from Ondoy),” Nancianceno. (JMR/Sunnex)