Implementation of new traffic scheme on Marcos Highway begins Wednesday

UNTV News   •   October 18, 2017   •   7591


MANILA, Philippines – In order to help ease the heavy flow of vehicles along this stretch of Marcos Highway, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)on Wednesday started the implementation of a new traffic management scheme, particularly starting in front of Robinsons Metro East Mall and Sta. Lucia East Mall in Marikina City.

If before, jeepneys were allowed to load and unload passengers in front of this mall, doing so now is prohibited.

All jeepneys and private vehicles that will unload or load passengers will have to take a right turn on the access road going to the back side of the Robinsons Mall.

Jeepneys will have to exit the road beside the Sta. Lucia Mall, and ply the stretch of Marcos Highway.

The new traffic management scheme aims to lessen the huge traffic problem in the area, especially during rush hour because jeepneys occupy almost the entire lane of the road in front of the mall.

The new scheme is expected to ease the heavy flow of vehicles in the area as the fourth lane of the highway is closed to traffic due to the ongoing construction of the LRT line two extension, and private vehicles can use only a single lane.

The MMDA has also set up fences in front of the mall so passengers could not attempt to violate the new traffic rule, and thus, wait for vehicles on the back of the mall.

Fifteen traffic law enforcers have been deployed in the area to manage the flow of vehicles and assist jeepneys plying the newly designated route.

MMDA will issue tickets to violators and order them to pay a fine of P650.

Erring passengers, on the other hand, will face jaywalking penalties.


The management of the mall, meanwhile, assured to put signages in front of the mall to remind motorists of the right direction.

“We’re just waiting for all the signages so that commuters will know where to go… where the direction is. When you go inside the mall, where you will go. All the signages are already there,” Robinsons Malls Director for Operations in Luzon Irving Wu said.

The local government officials also plan to open some alternate routes in Marikina City to ease the huge volume of vehicles plying the Marcos highway.

“We will use the interior streets inside Marikina as alternative route particularly for private vehicles. We saw 2 roads that can serve as alternate routes while the terminal of LRT is being constructed,” Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said.

Based on the estimates of the local government unit of Marikina City, the number of vehicles plying Marcos highway will be lessened by 60% once the new alternate routes are opened. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

DOTr extends free train rides for vaccinated APORs until September 7

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 1, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced it will extend free train rides to vaccinated Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) due to the extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila until September 7.

The free rides will cover the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2), and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) at selected hours.

Free train rides for MRT-3 and LRT -2 will be from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For PNR, it will be from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and 7 p.m. onwards.

A DOTr advisory said that to avail of the free rides, vaccinated APORS who have received either their 1st or 2nd dose of vaccine should present their vaccination card and certificate of APOR status. AAC

Marikina City opens vaccine drive to non-residents

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 28, 2021

Marikina City has started vaccinating non-residents after 98 percent of its target population have been fully-vaccinated.

Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro said around 350,000 of its eligible residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

He also reported a decrease in the number of residents registering online.

“Sa ngayon ang nago-online registration nalang sa Marikina o sa mga residente natin ay around 2,000 to 3,000 a day na lamang. Malaki na tong na-libre doon sa capacity at pwede nang magbakuna sa mga taga bang lugar, (Number of residents currently registering online has dropped to around 2,000 to 3,000 per day only. The city still has enough capacity and we can open the vaccination program to individuals in other areas),” he said.

On Friday (August 27), the Marikina local government opened its vaccination rollout to non-residents starting with around 1,000 individuals from San Mateo, Rizal . Teodoro said the city can vaccinate 10,000 to 15,000 individuals daily.

May kakayahan na tayo na tumulong sa mga katabing lungsod para makabuo naman ng population protection o herd immunity doon sa nearby areas, (We have the capacity to help nearby cities to form population protection or herd immunity in nearby areas),” he said.

However, the Marikina mayor clarified that the city will still not accept walk-ins and encouraged interested individuals to register online. Non-residents should also present proof that they are non-residents to prevent individuals from getting booster shots.

Other areas in Metro Manila that accept non-residents for their vaccination rollout include, Mandaluyong City and Pateros. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

DOTr imposes stricter protocols in transportation in areas under ECQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation will impose stricter health protocols in public utility vehicles (PUVs) in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said only authorized persons outside residence (APORs) as identified by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) will be accommodated by public transport services.

The department already retained the current public transport supply and capacity of 50% for areas under ECQ.

“APORs are reminded to be ready to present to transport marshals identification cards issued by the IATF or other documents or IDs as proof that they are authorized to travel,” Tugade said.

During the ECQ, public and private vehicles shall strictly observe the prescribed physical distancing and sanitary measures at all times.

For PUVs, such as buses and jeepneys are allowed to operate at 50% capacity on a “one-seat-apart” setup. Standing passengers will not be allowed, and only one passenger will be allowed at the driver’s row.

For tricycles, operations will depend on the approval of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local government. If operations are allowed, tricycle passenger load shall not exceed one passenger in the sidecar.

All trains of the Philippine National Railways, LRT-1, LRT-2, and the MRT-3 will have transport marshals to enforce health protocols and to identify APORs. Trains will also be disinfected after every loop. Passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to board trains. Temperature checks will be done at station entrances.

Marshals would be strictly enforcing the seven commandments of public transport safety at the transport stations and terminals, and inside public transport vehicles.

The 7 Commandments for Public Transport, based on the recommendations of health experts, are:

1. Wear masks and face shields;
2. No talking and making phone calls;
3. No eating;
4. Keep public utility vehicles well-ventilated;
5. Conduct frequent disinfection;
6. No passengers with COVID-19 symptoms are to be allowed inside public transportation; and
7. Observe appropriate physical distancing (“one-seat-apart”) rule

“We, therefore, remind the riding public of the importance of stringently observing the Public Transport Health Protocols, based on the recommendations of health experts, to protect and uphold the overall welfare of the passengers, and other transport stakeholders,” Tugade said. AAC


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