MANILA, Philippines – Several mall operators in Metro Manila on Saturday announced their adjusted operating hours in anticipation of the possible implementation of curfew across the region during the community quarantine period.
This follows the issuance of a resolution by the Metro Manila Council urging all local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila to issue ordinances for the temporary closure of malls and other establishments during the quarantine period to curb the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) later clarified that the 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew it earlier announced would not be immediately enforced as LGUs still need to pass local ordinances to implement it in their respective areas.
Ayala Malls announced that its closing time will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday. However, it clarified that the shortened operating hours is only for the said date, and will make announcements depending on new developments.
Starmall also said it will be implementing adjusted mall hours starting March 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Its AllDay Supermarket will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. while AllHome will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
It also said that its drug stores, home essentials, hardware needs, banks and restaurants will remain open to serve customers.
Vista Mall also adjusted its malls hours to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) implementation of adjusted mall operating hours will end on January 15.
Since October of last year, malls open at 11 in the morning and closes at 10 in the evening.
However, the MMDA is asking mall owners to extend the adjusted mall operating hours.
“The space of roads is limited, that’s why. So they could divide it. Ordinary workers will go to work in the morning. They are the ones with 9 to 5 jobs. Then those going to the malls, they could go at 11 am. So that they will not leave their homes simultaneously,” MMDA AGM for Operations Jojo Garcia said.
According to MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Jojo Garcia, it is one of the solutions for the worsening of traffic in Metro Manila during the start of the construction of the infrastructures under the government’s Build, Build, Build Program.
“The programs of the President under the Build, Build, Build will be intensified. It will be on full blast this 2018. So we need all help and cooperation with stakeholders like the malls,” Garcia said.
Based on the study of the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center, even before the implementation of the adjusted mall operating hours during the holiday season, the estimated travel speed on EDSA is at 17 kilometers per hour.
But when the malls adjusted their operating schedules to 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the travel time on EDSA became faster by 19kph.
According to Garcia, the MMDA already talked to mall owners. They are expected that they will give their confirmation this Friday.
If the mall owners refuse to comply with the MMDA’s request, the agency said it has no other option but to look for other ways on how to ease the traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
The MMDA is now studying is the adjusted hours has an impact on the earnings of the malls.
The MMDA wants to extend the adjusted operating hours of malls along EDSA until December of 2018. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
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