THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) shut down its radio and television (MMDA RTV) stations effective Tuesday as a cost-cutting measure.

The termination order was contained in Office Order Number 125 issued last August 13 by MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino directing the immediate closure of the MMDA RTV on midnight of August 16.

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“I have decided to cease the operations of MMDA RTV because we have been spending at least P1-million every month for it, and so far, it was not able to reach out effectively to the public in terms of information dissemination,” Tolentino said.

The termination order left some 44 employees “jobless”, but Tolentino assured them they will be employed in future projects of the agency.

“All members of the MMDA RTV operations who are under a job order contract are hereby requested to submit a copy of their resume to the Office of the Chairman for possible consideration in future projects of the agency,” the order further read.

MMDA RTV aired over 1206 kilohertz on AM radio and on Channel 4 on Destiny Cable. It gave round-the-clock traffic updates, important public announcements, and featured the 17 local government units of Metro Manila.

It was created in 2008 under the administration of former MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando to provide timely information and service to the public and bring the agency closer to the public by featuring its various projects and programs.

Tolentino said the move is in line with President Benigno Aquino III’s call for austerity in government.

“This is in the best interest of the public and towards the economical pursuit of our mandate. There are more necessary projects that would yield invaluable results for which we could spend the money,” he added.

The MMDA chief stressed that alternatives are available through the Internet, which the agency could utilize for its information dissemination drive at no extra cost.

The agency is also planning a tie-up with government television network NBN-4.

It likewise maintains accounts on various social networking sites such as Twitter, http://twitter.com/MMDA and Facebook, http:/j.mp/MMDAFB.

It uploads videos on the MMDA News Channel on Youtube, http://www.youtube.com/user/MMDANews. It also has an interconnection with the website of the Office of the President, http://www.gov.ph. (AH/Sunnex)