LIST: Heavy Traffic expected on major tollways next week

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2019   •   3534

MANILA, Philippines – The operator of Skyway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and STAR tollway is set to implement measures to ease the heavy traffic expected during the Lenten break next week.

SMC Tollways said additional ambulant tellers and traffic patrol teams will be deployed this week as vehicle volume is expected to increase by 10 percent during this season.

Temporary toll collection booths will also be added and all road works will be suspended.

All field personnel will also be required to be on standby and vacation leaves will be cancelled.

SMC said that beginning April 16 (Tuesday) to April 22 (Monday) heavy traffic is expected in the following areas:

Skyway Southbound At-grade 

April 16-18 & 20 (P.M.)

  • C5-Alabang At-grade

April 17 (P.M.)

  • Amorsolo to Magallanes Area

Skyway Northbound At-grade

April 21-22

  • Alabang Viaduct to Skyway On Ramp (Skyway Main Plaza B) Elevated

NAIAX Westbound

April 17-20 (P.M.)

  • NAIAX Main Toll Plaza B

NAIAX Eastbound

April 17-20 (P.M.)

  • NAIAX Main Toll Plaza a

SLEX Southbound

April 17 (P.M.)

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

April 18

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

April 20

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

Northbound

April 21-22

  • Ayala Toll Plaza
  • Calamba Toll Plaza Entry
  • Exits in Filinvest
  • Exits in Alabang Viaduct

STAR Tollway

Southbound April 17 (P.M.)

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

April 18

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

April 20

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

Northbound

April 21-22 (A.M.)

  • Toll Plazas in Sto. Tomas

TPLEX

Northbound

April 17-19

  • Tarlac Central Toll Plaza
  • Urdaneta Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio-MacArthur T-intersection
  • Binalonan Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio Toll Plaza

Southbound

April 21-22

  • Tarlac Central Toll Plaza
  • Urdaneta Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio-MacArthur T-intersection
  • Binalonan Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio Toll Plaza

SMC Tollways, together with Petron Lakbay Alalay, will also set up Motorist Assistance Stations at:

  • TPLEX – Petron KM 134 Northbound and Southbound
  • TPLEX Toll Operations Compound Northbound
  • Skyway – C5 and Merville Southbound
  • Sucat Lay-by At-grade Northbound
  • SLEX – San Pedro Gas Station Southbound
  • KM 44 Petron Gas Station Southbound
  • KM 44 Petron Gas Station Northbound
  • STAR – Petron Malvar Southbound
  • Malainin Lay-by KM 92 Southbound
  • Petron Lipa Northbound
  • Lapu-Lapu Lay-by KM 90 Northbound

DOTr encourages private motorists to take EDSA busway, MRT-3 amid heavy traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the heavy traffic on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has encouraged private vehicle owners to take public transportation.

In a statement, the department said that taking the EDSA Busway System and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) would help ease the heavy congestion along EDSA.

The DOTr assured that operations of the EDSA Busway System and the MRT-3 remain smooth and travel time is still fast for commuters. From 3 to 4 hours of travel time from Monumento to PITX, it is reduced to 45 minutes to 1 hour, according to the transportation department.

“Ang MRT-3 ay patuloy na nakakapagbibigay ngayon ng mas maganda, mas maayos, at mabilis na serbisyo sa ating mga commuter,” the department said in a statement.

MRT-3 operations would also improve once the massive rehabilitation and maintenance activities are completed by December 2021.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to resume the Service Contracting Program under the regular budget of the national government. This is to provide incentives to PUVs that provide free rides to commuters. AAC

LIST: Bank schedules for Lenten week 2021

Robie de Guzman   •   March 31, 2021

Most branches of Philippine banks will be temporarily closed in observance of the Lenten break.

In separate advisories, the following banks announced their schedule for this week:

 

Development Bank of the Philippines
April 1 to April 4, 2021

  • All branches will be closed.
  • Regular banking hours will resume on April 5, 2021.

 

BDO Unibank Inc.
March 30, 2021

  • Branches under ECQ in NCR, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite will be open with a skeleton workforce until 3 p.m.

April 1 to April 4, 2021

  • All branches will be closed.

 

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

March 29 to 31

  • Branches in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan and Rizal are open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • All other areas: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Check clearing cut-off in all branches: 12 noon

April 1 to 4

  • All branches closed

 

China Banking Corp.
March 29 to April 4
Select branches open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Check clearing cut-off set at 1:30 p.m.

 

Metrobank
March 29 to 31

  • Only select branches will be open in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal with shortened banking hours.

 

East West Banking Corp.
March 29 onwards

  • Branches in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays to Fridays
  • The rest are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 24/7 banking available on ATMs and via mobile

 

Philippine National Bank (PNB)
April 1 to 3

  • All branches closed except for QC-Ever Commonwealth which will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 1
  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) branches will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 1 and 3.

 

Security Bank Corp.

April 1 to April 4

  • All branches closed

 

Union Bank of the Philippines
March 29 to 31

  • Branches will be open on shortened banking hours

 

Pasig Ferry Service operations suspended for Lenten week – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Operations of the Pasig River Ferry Service will be temporarily suspended from April 1 to April 4, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In a statement, the MMDA said normal operations will resume on Monday, April 5.

“Meanwhile, as Metro Manila is under enhanced community quarantine, the ferry service will be implementing 50% seating capacity,” the agency said.

All Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) are allowed to ride the ferry service, provided they bring an identification card.

The national government placed the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Laguna under ECQ from March 29 to April 4 in a bid to arrest the surge in COVID-19 cases.

 

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