HPG to assist MMDA in managing EDSA traffic starting next week

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2019   •   1425

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) will assist in managing traffic along EDSA starting Monday, Sept. 9, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday.

Beginning 5 a.m. on Monday, the HPG Traffic Enforcement team led by Col. Emmanuel Tabuena will manage traffic from Timog Avenue to Ortigas Avenue. They will be assisted by at least 100 MMDA personnel.

The HPG will man the traffic from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. to add to visibility of authorities on the road. They are also deputized to apprehend and issue citation tickets.

The MMDA traffic law enforcers, meanwhile, will man the traffic at EDSA Timog to Balintawak and Ortigas to Pasay.

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said the team-up seeks to apprehend errant motorists who violate traffic rules and reduce the congestion problem in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.

It will also be implemented to take advantage of the HPG authority, and to help MMDA traffic law enforcers against aggressive and “hard-headed” motorists.

The HPG is mandated by the law to contribute in crime prevention in addition to traffic enforcement.

“The HPG is a big help in instilling discipline to the motorists.” Garcia said in a press briefing.

Tabuena has expressed full support to the need to discipline drivers who are “one of the factors of traffic problem along EDSA especially during rush hours.”

“We want to show that the government is full force to ease the burden of the riding public,” Garcia said.

Construction of elevated busways to begin in four months — MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The construction of the elevated busways in several areas along EDSA will begin in four months, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to submit the design by next week.

After the design submission, Abalos said the bidding process will begin.

“We have to go [through] the process of bidding of procurement which is about 3-4 months. Give us four months matatapos na po ito (it will be completed). Gagawin namin ito sa corner ng (We will construct this at the corner of) Quezon City and Caloocan.” 

The MMDA said the elevated busway is among the solutions to ease traffic along EDSA.

“There is only one way to beat this. It’s what we called the elevated bus ramps,” Abalos added.

The MMDA chairman said the agency has around P200 million budget from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Quezon City local government to fund the said project.

The agency is also looking for more ways to further increase its budget for the construction of the busways. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Shooting incident stalls traffic near mall along Commonwealth Ave.

Robie de Guzman   •   February 24, 2021

Photo by Rapid Uno Gonzales

Vehicular traffic along Commonwealth Avenue was temporarily stopped early Wednesday night following a shooting incident reported near the Ever Gotesco Mall, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory, the MMDA said traffic on the eastbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue was temporarily stopped due to the armed encounter.

[Admin 24] MMDA UPDATE: Shooting incident at Commonwealth Ave. Ever Gotesco EB involving PNP as of 6:57 PM. Temporarily…

Posted by MMDA on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The MMDA said the shooting incident was still ongoing around 6:57 p.m. with police officers at the scene.

“Ongoing zipper lane on WB side bound to Fairview. PNP and MMDA on site,” the agency said.

The management of the Ever Gotesco mall in Commonwealth have confirmed reports of a shootout outside of the mall but did not provide any information about the incident.

“We have secured all access to the mall so all shoppers are safe inside. Our priority right now is to ensure the safety of the employees and the public,” the mall said in a statement.

“The management is closely coordinating with the PNP of the current situation. Please bear with us as we allow with the authorities to handle the situation,” it added.

The mall management also urged the public to “exercise caution in sharing unconfirmed information online.”

MMDA to open zipper lane along White Plains Ave. for EDSA anniversary

Robie de Guzman   •   February 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced it will open a zipper lane along the eastbound direction of White Plains Avenue in Quezon City on Thursday, February 25, for the celebration of the 35th EDSA People Power Revolution.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the zipper lane or counterflow scheme will be opened in front of Camp Aguinaldo Gate 5 and will accommodate the volume of vehicles going to EDSA.

Plastic barriers and traffic cones shall be installed to guide the motorists on the use of the zipper lane along White Plains and at the sidewalk along EDSA in front of the People Power Monument, it added.

The agency also said that a simple and short program will be held at the People Power Monument at 8 a.m. but there will be no road closure.

As part of its traffic management plan in coordination with the Philippine National Police and the local government unit of Quezon City, the MMDA said it will deploy traffic marshals to manage traffic flow along White Plains and other areas of concern as early as 4 a.m.

“Road clearing operations will also be conducted to remove illegally-parked vehicles at the areas of concern, including Temple Drive and EDSA Shrine,” it added.

The MMDA assured that minimum health protocols set by Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) such as physical distancing, mandatory wearing of face mask and face shield, will be observed among its personnel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease amid the general community quarantine status in Metro Manila.

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