Edsa traffic enforcers in danger of lung disease

admin   •   February 23, 2017   •   10860

PHILIPPINES — Air pollution has spread across the highly urbanized Metro Manila due to high number of vehicles.

Several studies reveal that Edsa has the highest level of air pollution due to the continuous increase in the number of vehicles plying through the major thoroughfares.

This prompted a group of doctors to warn about the possible negative effects of polluted air to the health of traffic law enforcers who directly inhale smoke from vehicles.

The duty of an MMDA traffic law enforcer is usually 8- hours long, which doctors say is too dangerous to one’s health.

Dr. Paul Evangelista of the Lung Center of the Philippines says a traffic law enforcer’s exposure to road air pollution should last for only one to two hours to avoid illnesses associated with bad air quality.

For this, doctors encourage traffic enforcers to wear face mask.

“If they have no mask, within 1 to 2 hours it can already cause damage already to the lungs. But if they are wearing protective mask, it will take around days before they have inflammation in their lungs,” said Dr. Evangelista.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) admits having insufficient supply of personal protective gear for their personnel.

Meanwhile, the MMDA recommends to the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) hastening the implementation of the jeepney modernization plan which helps control air pollution in Metro Manila.

Public safety and Environmental Protection Office director, Dr.Loida Alzoda said, “If we will follow our clean air measures indicators, not a jeepney will pass because they are emitting smoke beyond the acceptable level, and that’s because these are second hand.”

The Duterte administration is yet to have a concrete program for the planned phase out of old jeepneys, tagged as the worst smoke belchers. — UNTV News and Rescue

MMDA closes Bagong Barrio U-turn slot

Maris Federez   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will push through with its plan to close the EDSA U-turn slot at General Malvar in Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City on Monday (January 11).

“The U-turn slot located along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue in General Malvar / Bagong Barrio area shall be closed to vehicular traffic effective January 11, Monday, in line with the Department of Transportation’s EDSA Busway project,” the MMDA said in an advisory released last Friday.

With the closure of the said U-turn slot, motorists from northbound going southbound are advised to take the Monumento Circle or those coming from Quezon City may also take Balintawak Cloverleaf.

Since September 2020, the MMDA has so far closed six U-turn slots to give way to the government’s Busway Project.

For this project, the innermost lane of EDSA was designated as an exclusive lane for public utility buses (PUBs) traveling from Monumento, Caloocan City to SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, and vice versa. —/mbmf

Duterte names Benhur Abalos as new MMDA chief

Maris Federez   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former Mandaluyong City mayor Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. has been named as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), replacing former chair Danilo Lim who passed away last week.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go made the confirmation on the change in the MMDA leadership in a text message to the press on Sunday (January 10).

Go added that Abalos is expected to take his oath of office on Monday.

Malacañang has yet to make an official confirmation of Abalos’ appointment.

Abalos served as the mayor of Mandaluyong City from 1998 to 2004, and from 2007 to 2016. He also served as representative of Mandaluyong City from 2004 to 2007.

The former Mandaluyong Mayor’s father, Benjamin Sr., also served as MMDA chairman from 2001 to 2002.

The MMDA is mandated to plan, monitor, coordinate, and regulate the delivery of services in Metro Manila. —/mbmf

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MMDA chief Danny Lim dies at 65

Maris Federez   •   January 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo “Danny” Lim passed away on Wednesday after catching coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He was 65.

This was confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

“MMDA Chair Lim served the Duterte Administration with professionalism, competence and integrity. He would be dearly missed,” Roque said in a statement.

“May the perpetual light shine upon him, and may his soul, through the mercy of the Almighty, rest in eternal peace,” he added.

MMDA Edsa traffic chief Edison “Bong” Nebrija, on his Facebook post, also bid farewell to the agency head.

On December 29, the MMDA chief announced that he tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He, however, said that his symptoms were mild and would undergo self isolation.

Before taking the helm of the MMDA in 2017, he was named by former President Benigno Aquino III as the Bureau of Customs Deputy Commissioner. He resigned in July 2013.

In 1989, Lim led the failed coup d’etat against former President Corazon Aquino and was detained for two years until he was granted amnesty by President Fidel V. Ramos who suceeded Aquino.

In 2006, Lim was also accused of plotting the ouster of ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

He was also involved in the Manila Peninsula seige in 2007 with other Magdalo soldiers including Antonio Trillanes IV — then a Navy lieutenant.

He was detained from 2006 to 2010 on charges of rebellion and attempted coup d’ etat.

In 2010, Lim also attempted to run for Senator but failed. —/mbmf

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