LIST: Road closures in Manila due to Traslacion 2020

Robie de Guzman   •   January 3, 2020   •   2689

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.

3 additional median stops open on EDSA Busway

Maris Federez   •   September 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have opened three more median stops along the EDSA Busway.

This was announced on Sunday (September 6) by MMDA EDSA Traffic and Transport Zone Head Edison Nebrija.

He said the DOTr and the MMDA started operating the new bus stops on Saturday.

These were the North Avenue, Quezon Avenue Station, and the one in front of Q-mart – all in Quezon City.

He added that footbridges were also constructed in the concerned areas,

 “Sa tulong ng MMDA, 15 median bus stops na ang naitayo, at ang mga ito ay sunod-sunod na bubuksan oras na makumpleto ang iba pang safety and infrastructure requirements gaya ng barriers, lifters, at electricity,” the DOTr said in an earlier statement on Friday.

“Long-term plan ng DOTr na gawing 29 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga median bus stop sa EDSA,” it added.

The three bus stops were in addition to the four that were earlier opened in Guadalupe, Ortigas, Santolan, and on Main Avenue. —/mbmf

Protected bike lanes malapit sa mga ospital sa Maynila, QC bubuksan sa Aug. 26 —DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   August 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Inaayos na ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) ang ruta ng protected bike lanes bilang tugon sa panawagan ng health workers at iba pang mga nagta-trabaho sa mga ospital sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Ayon sa DOTr, ang bike lanes ay malapit sa mga ospital ng Maynila at Quezon City at target itong buksan sa darating na Agosto 26.

Sinabi ni DOTr for Road Transport Assistant Secretary Steve Pastor, dalawang bike lane network ang inisyal nilang ilulunsad.

Ang isa ay ilalagay sa kahabaan ng Taft Avenue, Quirino Avenue, Babagtas sa Roxas Boulevard hanggang UN Avenue sa Maynila.

Masasakop nito ang mga frontline workers na pumapasok sa Philippine General Hospital, Manila Doctors Hospital, Manila Medical Center at Ospital ng Maynila.

Ang ikalawang ruta naman ay ilalagay sa kahabaan ng V. Luna at tatagos sa East Avenue sa Quezon City. May bike lane ring ilalagay sa Elliptical Road hanggang Araneta Avenue via Commonwealth at Quezon Avenues.

Maaaring dumaan sa rutang ito ang mga nagtatrabaho sa Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine Heart Center, Philippine Veterans Hospital at East Avenue Medical Center.

“We are establishing a protected bike lane that will connect major roads residential areas and high volume commuters areas to any major medical facilities in Manila and Quezon City as requested by our medical workers that they have access to their work and home through bikes,” ani Pastor.

Katuwang ng DOTr sa proyektong ito ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Ayon kay MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia, sa ngayon ay inaayos na nila ang existing bike lanes sa Roxas Boulevard upang magamit ng mga siklista.

“Nirehab po yung ating mga bike lanes na existing ng MMDA dyan sa Roxas Blvd may ruta naman po yan at yan po ginagawa na naglagay tayo ng mga bollards in coordination with local government units with Quezon City and Manila, just to connect the hospitals,” ani Garcia.

Aniya, hindi pa natatapos ang bike lanes dahil hindi pa dumarating ang mga materyales na gagamiting pangharang sa kalsada.

Kasama rin sa plano ang pagtatayo ng bike lane network na mag-uugnay sa iba’t ibang lungsod subalit mangangailangan pa ito ng karagdagang pondo mula sa Kongreso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

MMDA denies reports on Metro Manila reverting to MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   July 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danny Lim has denied reports that local chief executives in the National Capital Region (NCR) have suggested to revert Metro Manila to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status.

In an interview, Lim denounced the reports as fake news saying that the Metro Manila Council of Mayors actually suggested extending the general community quarantine in NCR starting August 1. 

President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, is expected to announce the new quarantine measures on July 31 that will be implemented across the country. –MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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