LIST: Inaccessible roads in Manila starting January 8 due to Traslacion 2020
Robie de Guzman • January 8, 2020 • 375
MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in the city of Manila will not be accessible to motorists due to the yearly observance of the Catholic community’s Traslacion on January 9.
Based on the Traffic Management Plan released by the procession’s organizers, several roads will be closed and rerouting of vehicular traffic will be implemented in areas along the Traslacion route.
This year’s procession will take a slightly different route through the Ayala bridge instead of Jones bridge which has been used for years.
The event is also expected to end earlier than the usual time as the procession route has been shortened to 6.16 kilometers.
Last year’s route was 6.19 kilometers long, and the procession lasted for about 21 hours.
The Manila Police District Traffic Enforcement Unit said that starting 9 p.m. of January 8, the following roads will be closed to vehicular traffic:
Southbound lane of Bonifacio Drive from Anda Circe to Katigbak Drive
North and southbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak to U.N. Avenue
Stretch of P. Burgos from Roxas Boulevard to Jones, MacArthur and Quezon Bridges
North and southbound lanes of Ma. Orosa from TM Kalaw to P. Burgos.
The following roads will be closed starting 12:01 a.m. of January 9:
Taft Avenue to Jones, MacArthur and Quezon Bridges
North and southbound lanes of Taft Ave. from TM Kalaw to Ayala Boulevard
Stretch of San Marcelino from N.A. Lopez street to U.N. Avenue
Other roads to be closed due to Traslacion are as follows:
Romualdez from U.N. Ave. to N.A. Lopez Street
Stretch of P. Casal from C. Palanca to San Rafael
Palanca St. from Plaza Lacson to Quiapo Ilalim
Southbound lane of Quezon Boulevard from Fugoso St, to Quezon Bridge
Westbound lane of España Boulevard from P. Campa to Lerma St.
Motorists going to Manila are advised to avoid the abovementioned roads and use these alternative routes:
Vehicles coming from Rizal Ave. going to Lawton, Intramuros and Pier Zone area should go to Dasmariñas or straight to MacArthur Bridge, then right to Magallanes Drive Ext. and then right to Jones Bridge to point of destination.
For vehicles coming from Jose Abad Santos-Reina Regente going to Intramuros, they should utilize the Juan Luna St., left to Plaza Cervantes to Jones Bridge, then right to Magallanes Drive to point of destination.
Vehicles travelling southbound of Mel Lopez Blvd. (R-10) going to Roxas Blvd. should turn left to Moriones St., straight to Dagupan St. to point of destination.
Light vehicles travelling northbound of Taft Ave. going to Quiapo-Sta. Cruz area should turn right to U.N. Ave. straight to Paz Guanzon, then left to Mabini Bridge to point of destination.
Vehicles travelling northbound of Roxas Blvd., Mabini and Ma. Orosa going to Pier Zone – Binondo – Divisoria should turn right to U.N. Ave., straight to Paz Guanzon then left to Mabini Bridge to point of destination.
Vehicles coming from Quezon City utilizing southbound lane of España Ave. should turn right to P. Campa St. then turn left to A. Mendoza St., then right to Fugoso St., then turn left to Rizal Ave. or turn left to Nicanor Reyes St., then turn right to CM Recto Ave. to point of destination.
Vehicles coming from Legarda St. should turn right to CM Recto Ave. to point of destination.
Vehicles coming from northern part of Manila intending to utilize Roxas Blvd. should use Capulong-Tayuman-A.H. Lacson-Nagtahan flyover to Mabini Bridge to point of destination.
Light vehicles coming from southern part of Manila utilizing Roxas Blvd. going to north should turn right to U.N. Ave., straight to Paz Guanzon, then left to Mabini Bridge to Nagtahan flyover to A.H. Lacson to point of destination.
Heavy vehicles coming from the south may use Pres. Osmeña going to Pres. Quirino Ave. then head to Mabini Bridge towards Nagtahan Flyover via A.H. Lacson to Capulong to point of destination. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)
MANILA, Philippines – New halfway houses which will cater to cancer patients will soon rise in the Philippine capital, the Manila City government said.
In a statement Monday, Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan said the construction of halfway houses is part of an integrated plan to strengthen the city’s public health facilities.
Pangan said halfway houses will serve as temporary shelters for cancer patients at the Philippine General Hospital as well as the city’s specialized health centers to ease their recovery and lessen transportation expenses.
Likewise, the city government also said it aims to build new facilities for diabetes patients and wellness centers for women.
“Our plans include building specialty centers for diabetes, halfway homes for cancer patients, and women wellness centers,” Pangan said during a consultation meeting with Manila district hospital chiefs and health center directors.
“We are also planning to create Super Health Centers with Vertical Housing for our employees,” he added.
Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso emphasized that the city government requires mutual cooperation and thorough assessments to provide the best health care services to the people.
“Kaya ako nag a-assess. I govern with data. I want to utilize whatever is here to spend it efficiently and so that the city government will be guided accordingly.”
Domagoso stressed the intent to reestablish the people’s confidence in public health systems through joint effort and correspondence.
“I encourage each and everyone of you, it’s high time to collaborate. I want to declog our hospitals. I want the people of Manila to trust our health centers. ‘Yun ang pangarap natin, ibalik ang dignidad ng mga health centers,” he said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will implement traffic adjustments and traffic rerouting starting February 14, Friday in areas along Alabang in Muntinlupa City and Balintawak in Quezon City to give way to the ongoing construction of Skyway Extension and Skyway Stage 3 projects.
In an advisory, the MMDA said that beginning 11 p.m. Friday, one lane closure will be implemented on EDSA Balintawak Northbound towards North Luzon Expressway to give way to the erection of vertical bridge support under the EDSA Bridge as part of the Skyway Stage 3 project.
Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento are advised take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.
Meanwhile, two lanes will be closed on EDSA Balintawak going to Cubao on Sunday, February 16 for the erection of interconnection flatform tower on top of EDSA Bridge.
Light vehicles coming from Monumento via EDSA before reaching Balintawak may turn right to A. de Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.
The MMDA said the lane closures will be until March 5.
The agency also announced that starting 6 a.m. of February 16, one-way traffic scheme for southbound vehicles will be implemented in West Service Road of South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) from Alabang Hills to Alabang Zapote Road to give way to the construction of Skyway Extension from Hillsborough to Filinvest Exit.
Skyway-Hillsborough off-ramp will be closed to traffic, and Class 2 vehicles such as buses and delivery vans from Magallanes to Alabang are not allowed along the elevated Skyway.
One-way traffic will also be implemented on Northbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., daily.
The MMDA said the same traffic scheme will also be implemented along Skyway from Sucat Interchange to Alabang-Zapote Road and on Southbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp daily from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. of the following day.
The agency said the construction will last for three months.
Affected vehicles northbound are advised to take the Alabang via-duct at grade level.
Further, girders will also be launched along A. Bonifacio where one lane going to NLEX will remain passable and two lanes for those going to Manila for eight nights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on February 22 to 29.
Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:
1. Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento may take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.
2. Light vehicles going to Novaliches and NLEX may take zipper lane at the left immediately before the construction site towards destination.
3. Light vehicles from NLEX (going to Manila/Caloocan) may take the Balintawak Interchange Ramp going to Monumento via EDSA then left to A. De Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.
The MMDA said the construction will last for 21 days or until March 5.
The Skyway Stage 3 is a 14.8-kilometer elevated tollway project which connects Skyway/SLEX Buendia to NLEX Balintawak while the Skyway Extension project extends the existing toll road to Susana Heights/Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway.
Both the Skyway Stage 3 and Skyway Extension Projects are part of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.
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