Eastern Transport Terminal to help ease traffic congestion in EDSA once fully operational

UNTV News   •   August 14, 2017   •   17323

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) inspected on Monday the newly opened Metro Manila Eastern Multimodal Transport Terminal in Marikina City.

As of Monday, there are only four bus companies stationed at the new terminal, namely, the Superlines, Amihan Bus Line, Philtranco and the Dimple Star.

The buses have routes going to Iloilo, Caticlan Romblon and Mindoro.

The DOTR and MMDA plan to transfer to the four hectare terminal the bus companies with terminals along EDSA that violate the nose in nose out policy.

“This terminal is not the 100% solution to the problem. No single infrastructure can resolve it. No single system can resolve 100% the state of our transportation and traffic woes,” DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade said.

The Bright Future Realty Corporation, the company running the said terminal, said provincial buses with South Luzon Expressway routes will ply the C5 road.

While those going north will ply the Katipunan Avenue and would turn to Mindanao avenue and exit to NLEX.

The Transportation Department seeks to make the said terminal technology-based, meaning there would be full monitoring of the entire area to ensure that other vehicles won’t illegally park there.

The DOTR also target to launch an online booking of trips in the said terminal.

Aside from buses –UV Express vans, passenger jeepneys and taxis can also use the said terminal. This is to make passengers’ commute easier, especially those coming from provinces carrying a lot of baggage.

“It’s wider. If the passenger would just commute, there is a main road. If it’s just taxi, the passenger would have no difficulty getting a cab,” Bus driver Antonio Dado said.

“It’s a bit far. But it’s just okay since it’s more comfortable,” Commuter John Lorento said.

“It’s different in Pasay. It’s dirty in that area and there are many thieves. It’s more peaceful in this area,” Commuter Violy Nadal said.

Transportation officials are still finishing the construction of other facilities in the terminal, and it is expected to be fully operational before the year ends. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

DOTr to review increase of passenger capacity amid easing of quarantine restrictions

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is looking into increasing passenger capacity in public transportation as quarantine restrictions ease in several areas in the Philippines.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said during a virtual presser on Wednesday (June 16) that public transportation is currently at 50% capacity.

“Paunti-unti dadagdan naitn iyan at hihingi tayo ng approval sa mga kinauukulan, higit sa lahat sa IATF at sa mga LGU,” he said.

(We will gradually increase [the capacity] and we will request approval from respective authorities, especially from the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] and LGUs [local government units].)

Meanwhile, the department said they will continue to increase the number of buses available to accommodate more passengers with limited capacity and to lessen congestion.

Tugade also said he has instructed his team to review if increasing the passenger capacity by 5% to 10% is possible.

“Naumpisahan na iyan. Mayroon na kaming tinatawag na pag-aaral at mag-approach kami sa IATF na kung puwede dagdagan, let’s say 5%, 10% and we make it gradual. Hindi natin pwedeng biglain iyan,” he said.

(We have started it. We are already conducting studies and we will approach the IATF if we can increase the capacity by 5% or 10% and we make it gradual. We cannot rush this.) AAC

DOT clarifies tourists of all ages from NCR Plus can still travel to Boracay until June 30

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has clarified that tourists of all ages in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus are free to travel to Boracay and other tourist destinations under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until June 30.

In a statement, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat made the clarification following reports that some tourism stakeholders may not be aware that restrictions had been relaxed, even for seniors and young travelers, since June 1. She said this would further help tourism workers to return to their jobs.

“This extended liberal movement of people will allow the DOT and local government units to revive the jobs of displaced tourism workers,” Puyat said.

The NCR Plus still remains under general community quarantine (GCQ) with varying degrees of restrictions. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) also extended its resolution to allow the movement of persons traveling in and out of NCR Plus until June 30.

The DOT said that, based on IATF Resolution 121, interzonal travel will be allowed in areas under GCQ and MGCQ for leisure purposes. However, tourists coming from Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal may only undertake point-to-point travel to GCQ and MGCQ areas

Meanwhile, Puyat urged tourism enterprises to abide by the guidelines of the IATF. This includes implementing 30% to 50% limited capacity in museums and outdoor tourist attractions.

Essential meetings and other social events such as weddings, birthday celebrations, are allowed in GCQ areas at up to 50% capacity, except for NCR and Bulacan. Essential meetings in the NCR and Bulacan will only have 30% capacity while social events will be at 10% capacity.

“The amended guidelines from the Task Force also comes with the responsibility to strictly adhere to the minimum health and safety protocols when traveling,” Puyat said. AAC 

MMDA orders removal of obstruction under several flyovers in EDSA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has ordered the removal of obstructions at the ground level of three flyovers in EDSA.

On Tuesday (June 8), MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos inspected the ground sections of flyovers in EDSA-Kamuning, Timog and Quezon Avenue.

This prompted the official to immediately order the clearing of all types of clutter and obstructions, including illegally-parked and abandoned vehicles, mostly involved in accidents in the said areas.

“Hindi pwedeng gamiting impounding ito. This is a national highway. Kalye ito. Maski sino, bawal gumamit nito. We will coordinate with the proper authorities on this matter,” Abalos stressed.

“No parking” and tow away signages will be placed in the said areas, he added.

He also appealed to the vehicle owners to refrain from parking at the ground level of flyovers, saying these should be open spaces.

“I will make sure that violators will be sanctioned and issued violation tickets for illegal parking,” Abalos said.

Meanwhile, the MMDA chief also instructed the heads of Metro Parkways Clearing Group (MPCG) and Road Emergency Group (REG) to remove unnecessary MMDA equipment in the said areas.

“The equipment that the MMDA is utilizing for emergency purposes will be retained, but not this much. Further, we will identify strategic locations to relocate the remaining equipment. MMDA should set an example here,” Abalos reiterated.

Discarded damaged orange barriers will be disposed of as garbage, while broken concrete barriers will be smashed and will be used as filling materials at the MMDA Tumana impounding area in Marikina.

The MMDA chief clarified that this directive is applicable to all areas within the jurisdiction of MMDA and not on EDSA alone.

The move is in line with the agency’s drive against urban decay and to ensure orderliness and cleanliness in the metropolis.

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