LIST: Road closures for PH Independence Day on June 12

Robie de Guzman   •   June 11, 2019   •   1590

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) Traffic Enforcement Unit on Tuesday announced it will implement road closure and rerouting of vehicles in some parts of Manila on June 12 for the celebration of the country’s 121st Independence Day.

In an advisory, the MPD said the following roads will be closed on Wednesday beginning at 5 a.m.:

  • North and southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak drive to Pres. Quirino Avenue
  • North and southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard from TM Kalaw Avenue to Pres. Quirino Avenue

Authorities also advised motorists on the following traffic rerouting schemes:

  • All light vehicles traveling along Bonifacio Drive intending to utilize the southbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn left at P. Burgos, turn right to Ma. Orosa, or go straight to Finance Road to point of destination
  • Motorists from the westbound of Kalaw Ave. intending to use the southbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn left to MH Del Pilar to point of destination.
  • All light vehicles intending to use the northbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn right Pres. Quirino to point of destination.

From 5:00 a.m. onwards, trucks will also not be allowed to enter Roxas Boulevard from the following roads:

  • Corner of Pres. Quirino Avenue to Katigbak Drive
  • Bonifacio Drive from Anda Circle to Katigbak Drive
  • President Quirino Avenue Extension (Plaza Dilao)

All trucks traveling along Bonifacio Drive, intending to use the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard, should take the roundabout of Anda Circle going northbound to R10, turn right to Capulong, and take the south truck route to point of destination.

Trucks intending to traverse the northbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn right to Pres. Quirino Avenue to point of destination.

While trucks that are going to ply the Pres. Quirino Avenue Extension to UN Avenue should go straight to Pres Quirino Avenue to Nagtahan to point of destination.

Use of aerial drones over the vicinity of the event areas and the United States Embassy is prohibited, the MPD said.

NCRPO confirms first COVID-19 case in Manila Police

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 24, 2020

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday (March 24) confirmed the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manila Police District (MPD).

In a statement, the NCRPO said the first confirmed COVID-19 case was considered as person under investigation (PUI) last March 17.

NCRPO Chief PMGen. Debold Sinas immediately ordered to disinfect and decontaminate the station where the confirmed case was assigned.

“As soon as the decontamination takes place, other police officers will take over the duties and responsibilities of the station while the colleagues are considered PUIs,” Sinas said.

Sinas also said they are already conducting contact tracing of those who had contact with the NCRPO patient.

“We will advise them for home quarantine until March 28,” he said.

“We are also human beings susceptible to COVID-19. And as law enforcers, we are facing higher risks of exposure to this pathogen as part of our pledge to serve and protect our fellowmen,” he added.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Portion of Aurora Blvd in Cubao to close for 7 nights – MMDA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday (January 23) that a section of Aurora Boulevard in Cubao, Quezon City will be closed for seven nights beginning January 25 to February 1 from 12:01 am to 5:00 am.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the closure will cover the westbound lane (going to Manila) of Aurora Boulevard from Oxford to Imperial Streets.

This is to give way for the replacement of 11 units of escalators of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 Cubao Station.

Motorists are advised to take alternative routes on the duration of the replacement works.

Westbound motorists may turn right from Aurora Boulevard-Cubao road to Yale street or Oxford street.

From there, motorists may turn right to Columbia Street, then turn left to Imperial or West Point Streets to exit to Aurora Boulevard going to Manila.

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LIST: Road closures in Manila due to Traslacion 2020

Robie de Guzman   •   January 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced the closure of some roads in Manila on January 9 to give way to the annual Traslacion event of the Catholic community.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the following roads will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic as these will serve as the procession’s route:

  • Quirino Grandstand
  • Katigbak Road thru Padre Burgos St.
  • Finance Road thru Ayala Boulevard
  • Palanca St.
  • Quezon Boulevard
  • Arlegui St.
  • Fraternal St.
  • Vergara St.
  • Duque de Alba St.
  • Castillejos St.
  • Farnecio St.
  • Arlegui St.
  • Nepomuceno St.
  • Concepcion Aguila St.
  • Carcer St.
  • Hidalgo thru Plaza Del Carmen
  • Bilibid Viejo thru Gil Puyat
  • JP De Guzman St.
  • Hidalgo St.
  • Quezon Boulevard
  • Palanca St. thru under Quezon Bridge
  • Villalobos thru Plaza Miranda

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said he has ordered these roads be cleared of obstruction and debris for the safety of the devotees.

He added that tents, plastic barriers and fences are also now being set up at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila where several activities in connection with the procession will be held.

The MMDA said it will deploy 1,000 personnel to help ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the procession.

“Our action plan is already in place. Aside from manpower, ambulances, road emergency vehicles, traffic mobile cars, and other necessary equipment will also be dispatched,” Lim said.

The agency will also position street sweepers and road clearing group members at the tail of the procession to immediately clear roads of all types of clutter.

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