LIST: Road closures for PH Independence Day on June 12

Robie de Guzman   •   June 11, 2019   •   1385

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.

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.

Mayor Isko orders raid of ‘Recto University’

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) Special Mayor’s Reaction Team raided the Recto area where fake documents are being produced.

The area, known as ‘Recto University,’ was popular for its open business of forging fake government documents and identification cards.

Authorities ransacked all stalls even those that were closed at the moment of the raid.

They searched the entire area even the residential houses near stalls alleged as operating such illegal business.

The operation is in line with the directive of Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso to track the offenders of the law across the city, especially after the Mayor found out that even the city government’s official receipt is being faked.

Several machines use to replicate school diplomas, birth certificates, transcript of records, driver’s license, firearms license, marriage certificates and NBI clearance among others.

Operatives also seized piles of printed fake documents during the search.

Domagoso expressed dismay over the incident and to the barangay officials who were supposed to manage the Recto area.

“Sa susunod na may gumawa ng fake ID, fake na diploma, lahat ng uri ng fake na imprenta sa baranggay mo, kasama ka na sa kaso (The next time somebody in your area of responsibility produces fake ID, fake diploma, all kinds of fake documents, you will be involved in the charges),” the city Mayor warned barangay officials.

Domagoso further expressed anger towards members of Manila Police who act as protectors of printing shops producing fake documents along Recto Avenue.

“Dinoble na ng pangulo ng bansa ang sweldo nyo. May mga allowance pa kayo sa siyudad. Ibinibigay kung ano ang dapat sa inyo (The President already doubled your salary. You also receive allowances from the city government. You are even provided of what you deserve),” Domagoso said.

The Mayor warns rogue policemen to rectify their actions, otherwise, suffer the consequences.

“Kapag hindi kayo tumigil , ang susunod kung i-re-raid ang presinto (If you don’t shape up, I will raid police stations next),” Mayor Isko said.

“Poposasan ko kayo sa mata ng publiko na kung saan ikahihiya ninyo habang buhay. Kahit pamilya ninyo (I will put handcuffs on you and I will embarrass you which you will remember for the rest of your life. Even by your family) you will be disowned,” he added.

The city mayor is determined to curb the illegal operations of the so-called ‘Recto University’ in Manila.

In November, six persons were arrested in an entrapment operation by MPD-SMART on the act of producing fake ID cards of persons with disability (PWD) and senior citizens. – MNP (with details from Bernard Dadis)

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