MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has assured there will be enough bus units to accommodate the influx of passengers expected this holiday season.
The LTFRB said a total of 968 special permits will be granted to public utility buses (PUB) which will allow them to ply major thoroughfares.
These bus units will cater to passengers traveling to North Luzon, South Luzon, Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao.
The LTFRB assured that special permits will be granted to bus units that underwent vigorous inspection process, adding that it sets high priority on the vehicle’s road worthiness as well as the readiness of bus drivers to ensure comfortable and safe travel.
The special permit, granted in line with the agency’s Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Pasko 2019 covers the period from December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020.
Aside from additional bus units for travelers this holiday season, the LTFRB said Malasakit Help Desks will also be set up to accommodate complaints and other concerns from passengers.
Meanwhile, the agency is set to conduct inspections on bus terminals and garages starting on the third week of December “to check for compliance for the required facility standards.”
The LTFRB will inspect if bus companies have implemented appropriate security protocols, comfortable waiting areas and clean restrooms, among others.
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advises motorists to avoid traversing parts of Taguig City on Sunday, December 22 due to anticipated heavy traffic in line with the conduct of Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Parade of Stars.
The MMFF parade which will feature floats carrying celebrities of official movie entries will be held from 12 noon to 7 p.m.
This will go through the following routes: from Lakeshore C6, right turn to M.L Quezon Avenue, left turn to MRT Avenue then right turn to Cuasay, right turn to CP Garcia (C5) Service Road, then left turn to Upper Mckinely Road, right turn to Lawton Avenue-5th Street, right turn again to McKinley Parkway, left turn to 32nd street, left turn to 7th Avenue, right to 26th Avenue, left turn to 5th Avenue, right turn to LeGrand Avenue and Chateau Road.
The MMDA also said that road closures will be implemented in the following areas:
Along ML Quezon Avenue (Dr. A. Santos to MRT)
Along MRT (from ML Quezon to Cuasay)
Along Cuasay (from MRT to C5)
C5 Service Road cor. Cayetano Boulevard
Counterflow vehicles will be allowed in the following areas:
Along Upper McKinely Road from C5 to Lawton Avenue
Lawton-5th Street from Upper McKinley to McKinley Parkway
Along 32nd Avenue from McKinley Parkway to 7th Avenue
A stop-and-go scheme will be implemented in the following roads:
C-5 road – Upper Mckinley
C-5 Service Road – Sampaguita bridge
Mckinley Parkway – 26th Avenue
The MMDA said affected roads will be opened by 7 p.m.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is offering free rides in the Pasig River Ferry Service until January 31.
This is in time for the relaunching of the Pasig River Ferry Service on Monday (December 9) which also aimed to lessen the heavy traffic in Metro Manila.
“With the anticipated heavy traffic as the holiday season approaches, there is no better time than now to see how Pasig River can help ease our traffic congestion problem,” MMDA Chairman Danny Lim said.
The Pasig River Ferry Service also has two additional boats that will begin operating on Monday. The additional boats can accommodate 57 passengers.
The schedule of the ferry service will be from Monday to Friday (6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
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Authorities are currently discussing the fares for the Pasig River Ferry Service.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the ferry service is one of the most convenient way to travel.
“Kung iyong mga kababayan namin na pupunta outside of Manila going to Pasig, one of the most efficient alternative way is sumakay ng ferry, (If our fellowmen who will travel outside Manila going to Pasig, one of the most efficient alternative way is to ride a ferry),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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