Duterte reiterates order to LGUs to fix traffic in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2019   •   856

President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his order to Metro Manila local government units (LGU) to fix the traffic in their area.

During his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte also said to reclaim all public roads that are being used for private ends.

“I reiterate my directive, my request, my pleadings to the MMDA and all concerned local officials in Metro Manila, and all other cities, to undertake immediate action to ensure the speedy and smooth flow of vehicular traffic.” he said in his speech on Monday (July 22).

The president also mentioned, billions are lost due to traffic in Metro Manila. He also warned government officials in Metro Manila that they will face suspension if they do not follow his directive.

“I asked Secretary Año to see to it that this is enforced. If there is a mayor or a governor, suspend him sir Año,” he said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government will make an inventory of all public roads in Metro Manila.

READ: DILG to meet with local execs on clearing of public roads

Meanwhile, several LGUs like the Manila and Quezon City government already began conducting road clearing operations even before Duterte’s speech.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

MMDA to conduct traffic simulations for SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 12, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will conduct a traffic simulation for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on November 14.

MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago said to expect a traffic build-up during the simulation as well as during the rehearsal of the SEA Games on November 26.

“May konting pagtigil sa regular na pagdaloy ng trapiko. Kapag malapit na ititigil mo na so magtataka iyong mga kababayan natin ‘bakit kami tinitigil?’ So ibig sabihin po noon may paparating pong convoy (There is a slight changes in the regular traffic flow. Once the convoy is near, traffic will be stopped. Our motorists would ask why, well it means that they convoy is on its way),” she said.

This is to test out the bus convoys of the athletes and delegates who will attend the SEA Games from November 30 to December 11.

The simulation will begin from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

From hotels in Tagaytay, Pasay, and Manila, the convoy will traverse EDSA, North Luzon Expressway and other main roads in Metro Manila before arriving at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

Here are the following roads that will be affected by the simulation:

  • EDSA Northbound lane
  • Mindanao Avenue
  • North Avenue
  • Quirino Avenue
  • Pasay Avenue
  • Taft Avenue
  • Magallanes
  • South Luzon Expressway
  • North Luzon Expressway

The MMDA will implement the Stop and Go scheme for the affected roads in Metro Manila.

The convoy will pass through the yellow lane and there will be no special lane provided for them. No roads will be closed during the simulation, according to the MMDA.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

97 LGUs failed to comply with Duterte’s road clearing order — DILG

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is satisfied with the road clearing operations that local government units (LGUs) had accomplished across the country.

However, 97 LGUs failed the standards set by the department in order to comply with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear all public roads of obstructions as they were turned into private parking spaces.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that overall, LGUs were able to accomplished 80 percent of the requirements with 1,148 municipalities and cities rated as compliant; 97 were rated as non-complaint and 388 others still under assessment.

Specifically, 328 LGUs were given a ‘high compliance’ rating for achieving 91% to 100% of the target; 497 were given ‘medium compliance’ rating for achieving 81% to 90% of the target; while 323 were graded ‘low compliance’ for achieving only 80% or even lower than the target.

Those who failed will be required to explain or justify their operations.

From their explanation, the DILG would determine whether or not they should be sanctioned which could lead to the dismissal of the local officials in charge.

“[That’s what we call] their best (or) their good was not enough,” Año noted.

Among the LGUs who passed the DILG standards were Metro Manila, but several major cities like Pasig City, Quezon City and Muntinlupa only received ‘medium’ compliance.

Taguig City was given low-compliance rating but the DILG said it was still up for review and validation.

Almost 7,000 roads were cleared across the country by the road clearing project of the government, 61 of which were all from Metro Manila.

“Huwag natin gawin ningas-kugon ang kampanyang ito,” Año said.

The official said they will send show-cause order first to 80 low-compliant barangays that are located in Metro Manila. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Metro Manila LGUs Compliance Rating (Source: DILG)

High Compliance

  • Manila
  • Marikina
  • San Juan
  • Mandaluyong
  • Caloocan
  • Malabon
  • Las Piñas
  • Pateros
  • Parañaque
  • Navotas
  • Pasay
  • Valenzuela
  • Makati

Medium Compliance

  • Quezon City
  • Pasig
  • Muntinlupa

Low Compliance

  • Taguig

LGUs offer free rides to commuters affected by strike

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2019

Local government units (LGUs) has offered free rides to commuters who are left stranded due to the transport strike on Monday (September 30).

Based on the Facebook post of Pasig Transport, free rides are offered in six routes from 5:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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