Completion of Southwest Integrated Terminal Exchange or SWITEX, expected in 2018

UNTV News   •   November 23, 2017   •   11291

MANILA, Philippines – Transport authorities believe one way of easing traffic congestion along EDSA is to no longer allow provincial buses to ply there.

They argued it would help lessen the huge volume of vehicles plying on EDSA daily.

With this, the government is constructing the Southwest Integrated Terminal Exchange (SWITEX) in Parañaque City which is expected to be completed in April.

The said project is part of the Build Build Build Program of the current administration.

The 4-hectare SWITEX is the first ever intermodal terminal in the country. It can accommodate commuters coming from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon province.

According to Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos, SWITEX would greatly help in easing traffic congestion on EDSA.

“After its completion, 1,000 buses will be reduced on EDSA and Roxas Boulevard. It means 200,000 individuals will benefit from it daily,” Orbos said.

Department of Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos,explaining the benefits of the commuting public with SWITEX. (Ruby Vercide / Photoville International)

The intermodal terminal is expected to provide passengers from Southern Luzon easy access to public utility transportations like LRT line 1, jeepneys, UV express vans and city buses with routes to inner Metro Manila.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim assured passengers and drivers that the terminal will be convenient for them.

“The Southwest Integrated Terminal Exchange will be a huge improvement from the terminal we see along EDSA. Again, it will resemble an airport with multi-level platforms,” Lim said.

The Duterte administration also plans to construct another intermodal terminal in Sta. Rosa Laguna and other key points in the country. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

 

MMDA suspends work from July 9-10 after 4 workers contract COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Danilo Lim on Tuesday announced that work at the agency’s headquarters will be suspended from Thursday, July 9 to Friday, July to give way to the complete sanitation and disinfection of all its offices and adjacent premises.

This is after four MMDA personnel tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) when they underwent mass rapid testing and confirmatory swab test.

“Upon the recommendation of the MMDA COVID-19 Committee, we have decided to suspend the operations at all our offices for sanitation and disinfection to protect not only our personnel but also the transacting public against the virus,” Lim said in a statement.

All personnel will be allowed to go home at 2 p.m. on Wednesday as their workplaces will undergo sanitation and disinfection procedures until Sunday, July 12.

Lim said that no employee shall be allowed to enter any office during the sanitation and disinfection period.

The MMDA chief assured that the offices of those who tested positive have already been placed on lockdown and sanitized. Contact tracing has also been conducted and people who had close contact with them were ordered to strictly comply with the 14-day quarantine period and were subjected to swab tests.

“We assure the public that our offices will resume operations as soon as we have completed the sanitation and disinfection of our all offices by Monday,” Lim said.

Others employees who tested positive in the rapid test were made to undergo swab test and quarantine, according to protocol.

The MMDA has its own isolation facility to accommodate employees exposed to persons with COVID-19, tested positive on rapid test, and for those awaiting swab test results.

The 800-square meter isolation facility, located at the MMDA’s parking area, has two sections – one for suspect and probable cases.

Each section of the isolation facility has a 24-bed capacity equipped with shower rooms, comfort rooms and lavatories. The rooms are fully-air conditioned, with WI-FI connection and are regularly cleaned and sanitized. Free meals are also provided.

The MMDA’s Medical Clinic is also closely monitoring and providing guidance and assistance to employees.

Meanwhile, the MMDA said it has put in place protocols for visitors entering the building to prevent spread of COVID-19.

The agency’s guidelines state that all visitors with official business with the agency shall initially stay in the reception area for verification if the visitor will be allowed to go to the concerned office.

Strictly no personal visits are allowed for the meantime given the high risk of COVID-19 transmission at this period.

Moreover, delivery personnel shall not be allowed to go straight to the office or area of the ordering or recipient entity. All deliveries shall be transacted only at the reception lobby.

Likewise, visitors need to fill-up health declaration form with contact details for contact tracing purpose. “This pandemic is a difficult time for all of us and we must do everything we can to protect our personnel and visitors,” Lim said.

MMDA eyes closure of 15 U-turn slots on EDSA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning to close a total of 15 U-Turn slots on EDSA.

The plan aims to facilitate the construction of mass transport facilities in an effort to speed up traffic flow of buses on Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare. 

“We want to lessen the travel time. Kung ma-achieve natin iyan by minimizing or closing the U-turn slots on this bus way ay malaking impact iyan. Mas mabilis,” said MMDA EDSA Traffic Chief Edison Nebrija.

U-Turn slots that might be closed include: 

CALOOCAN CITY

  • De Jesus
  • Gen. Tinio
  • Malvar
  • Biglang Awa

QUEZON CITY

  • Balintawak
  • Kaingin 
  • Landers 
  • Dario Brigde
  • Walter Mart
  • Quezon City Academy
  • Trinoma
  • Timog
  • Santolan

PASAY CITY

  • EDSA-Taft
  • Heritage Hotel

Nebrija added that the project will exclusively assign the innermost lanes of EDSA for public utility buses in order to decongest traffic. 

Though MMDA expects to receive mounting complaints from commuters and operators, Nebrija said the project’s purpose is ultimately to provide convenience to the greater public. 

“Well maraming magrereklamo diyan. Baka may mag-file na naman ng TRO (Well, many will complain. Maybe another TRO will be filed),” he said.

Nonetheless, the MMDA is still open to suggestions and ideas on how improve EDSA’s busway system.  MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)

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Manila breaks ground for the construction of Bagong Ospital ng Maynila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 24, 2020

The Manila City Government held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday (June 24) for the construction of the Bagong Ospital ng Maynila .

Led by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, the groundbreaking ceremony unveiled the P2.3 billion infrastructure project to mark the 449th founding anniversary of the City of Manila.

Once construction is complete, the 10-storey Bagong Ospital ng Maynila will have a capacity of 384 beds with 12 ICU units and 20 private rooms.

Domagoso said that the local government aims to provide better tools, equipment and facilities for the city’s healthcare workers.

“No matter how good our healthcare workers are, if they have limited tools na hindi naaayon sa hamon ng panahon, mahihirapan po sila (that are not fit for the challenge, they will be burdened). I won’t mind investing billions for their equipment,” he said.

The new hospital is part of the Mayor’s 10-year plan to initiate infrastructure projects aimed at reviving the nation’s capital into a “vibrant” and “energetic” city. AAC

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