Experts oppose “One-Way Highway” plan on EDSA, C5 and Roxas Boulevard

admin   •   October 3, 2017   •   7612


MANILA, Philippines —It is not possible according to University of the Philippines Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc. (UP-Planades) executive director,  Dr. Primitivo Cal, to implement a one-way highway traffic scheme along the stretch of EDSA, C5 and Roxas Boulevard.

Dr. Cal explained that the scheme will not be effective in Metro Manila because motorists will have no alternate routes.

“Ginagamit yung one-way system kung merong complimentary road gaya sa New York grid may 2 parallel roads na pwedeng mag opposite sila. In the case of EDSA, ano yung complimentary niya? Ano yung another road na pwede mong gawing yung isa northbound yung isa southbound? Wala di ba, so paano mo ma-implement?” said Dr. Cal.

(Translation: The one-way system is used if there is a complimentary road like in the case of New York grid wherein there are two parallel roads that can be opposite each other. In the case of EDSA, where is its complimentary? Where is the other road that you can use for northbound while the other for southbound? There’s none right? So, how are you going to implement it?)

For Alberto Suansing, secretary general Philippine Global Road Safety Partnership, the said proposal must be given a thorough scientific study.

“Pwedeng tignan yun, hindi natin sinasabing hindi pwede but then, sasabayan mo yun ng malalim na pag-aaral for example yung travel pattern natin, kapag sinabi mo ang buong EDSA northbound lang e di papano yung mag southbound sa’n mo dadalhin,” said Suansing.

(Translation: We can look at it. We’re not saying it’s not possible, but then give it a thorough study, for example, people’s travel pattern. If you say, ‘The whole of EDSA will be northbound only’ where are you going to put motorists going southbound?)

The proposal was introduced by Samar representative and vice chair of the House Committee on Transportation Edgar Sarmiento, in order to ease traffic problems in Metro Manila, directing vehicle traffic in EDSA, C5 and Roxas Boulevard into one way only.

Based on the proposal, all southbound or Pasay-bound vehicles coming from Caloocan will take EDSA.

Meanwhile, northbound vehicles may take C5 Road and Roxas Boulevard.

Motorists have mixed reactions to the proposal.

“Hindi pwede kasi masyado malayo ang iikutan. Hindi okay kasi kung iisipin mo din sa pasahero, magagastusan siya lalo It should not be, because the route would be too far. It’s not okay, if you think about the passengers, it would be more costly for them),” said Jomar, a taxi driver.

“Hindi advisable yung ganung opinyon..yung coding dagdagan pwede pa (It’s not advisable.  The coding scheme has a better chance)” said Ernesto Pusing, a UV driver.

“Luluwag nga ang EDSA kung i-one-way pero pano naman ang looban? Sosobra naman ang trapik. Ganun ang mangyayari niyan kapag ginawang one-way ang EDSA, (The one-way scheme may clear EDSA, but what about the inner roads? Traffic will worsen. That’s what’s going to happen if you make EDSA one-way), ” said Floro Bohol, a Grab driver. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue


Two-week ECQ resulted in over 26,000 displaced workers — DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Over 26,000 workers have lost their jobs during the two-week implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), according to the latest data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Specifically, there were about 26,114 displaced workers in DOLE’s Job Displacement Monitoring Report from a total of 1,567 establishments within the areas covered by the NCR Plus (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal) set by the government.

Of the said number of establishments, 1,389 reduced their workforce while 169 declared permanent closure.

The most number of displaced workers were recorded in Metro Manila where 778 establishments reduced their manpower and 69 declared permanent closure.

This resulted in the displacement of 15,246 workers in Metro Manila alone.

Region VIA (3,322); Region III (5,151); Region VII (3,638), and Region V (2,274) are among the regions with the highest number of displaced workers in the past two weeks.

The ECQ was imposed in NCR Plus initially from March 27 to April 4 but has been extended until April 11.

Manila Water announces extension of water interruption in several barangays in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 12, 2021


MANILA, Philippines—The Manila Water on Monday (April 12) announced that the water service interruption in several barangays in Metro Manila will be extended.

The extension of service interruption is due to difficult conditions on the site of Manila Water’s damaged mainline at EDSA/Boni Ave. northbound.

Affected barangays will have no water service from 5:00 in the afternoon of Monday until 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday (April 13) as the company completes its permanent repair of the breakage.

The 600-mm mainline was damaged on Sunday evening (April 11), which resulted in a water service interruption to more than 30 barangays in Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan, and Quezon City.

The breakage, the Manila Water reported, was caused by AWIN Technology, a third-party contractor doing CCTV network installation.

Affected barangays:

Highway Hills
Barangka Ilaya
Barangka Itaas
Addition Hills
Wack-Wack East Greenhills
Barangka Drive
Barangka Ibaba
Pleasant Hills
Hagdang Bato Itaas
Hagdang Bato Libis
San Jose

Addition Hills
Corazon de Jesus
West Crame
Halo-Halo (St. Joseph)
Santa Lucia
St. Joseph
Little Baguio

San Martin de Porres
Bagong Lipunan ng Crame
Immaculate Concepcion


“Customers in these areas are encouraged to store just enough water for their needs within the water interruption schedule. This will also help avoid crowding around water tankers,” the Manila Water said in an advisory.

“While we apologize for the inconvenience these have caused thousands of our customers, we are working non-stop to restore water service as soon as possible,” Manila Water’s Group Head for Corporate Strategic Affairs Jeric Sevilla said. -AAC

Isolated rains to prevail over Metro Manila, rest of the country Friday

Marje Pelayo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Generally, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers on Friday (April 9) according to the state weather bureau PAGASA.

This is due to the effects of localized thunderstorms which can be severe and may cause flash floods and landslides.

Meanwhile, the northeasterly surface windflow is affecting northern Luzon and gives partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Region, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

However, the weather system has no significant impact.

This year, the country experienced its first tropical cyclone mid of February named Tropical Depression Auring.

Throughout the year, the country is expecting 20 to 22 cyclones which usually arrives from June to October.


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