LTFRB readies city buses for backup amid “Tanggal Usok, Tanggal Bulok” campaign
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic or I-ACT has begun the full blast implementation of its campaign against dilapidated and smoke belching jeepneys within and outside of Metro Manila.
However, such operation gives commuters a difficult time in riding jeepneys.
To address this, the 20 city buses given with special permits by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFBR) will begin Tuesday plying routes affected by I-ACT’s operation.
“The city buses covered by the coding tomorrow will ply roads with tarpaulins stating they will replace the apprehended jeepney units.,” MMDA Asst. General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said.
Some routes where the city buses with special permits will operate include Quiapo, Commonwealth, Masinag, Baclaran, Novaliches and Guadalupe in Makati City.
However, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) clarified the said city buses will operate on the said roads only when needed.
Based on the figures of I-ACT, they have already impounded 50 jeepney units under the said campaign.
While more than 200 PUVs were issued with subpoena, and would have to undergo motor vehicle inspection before being allowed to operate.
Fares in non-aircon buses start at P10, while P12 for air-conditioned buses.
The MMDA said the local government units will be the one in charge of managing the traffic flow in their respective areas.
This will also be in charge of designating bus loading and unloading areas.
The said campaign will run for 2 months until operators improve the condition of their jeepneys.
Meanwhile, point to point buses will begin plying roads on the first of February to serve alternative transportation of passengers of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) during rush hour.
“If you will consider the queues at MRT plus the travel time, it will take at least an hour and a half. So instead of standing and falling in line, they will be able to seat on the P2P buses,” Garcia said.
Beginning on Thursday, 10 P2P buses will begin to ply roads and will station at the MRT North Avenue at Quezon Avenue stations.
The buses will transport passengers to Ortigas and Ayala.
Fares at the P2P buses will become P15 only from the previous P24.
They will begin operating from 5:45 to 9:00 a.m. with a 15-minute interval in each trip.
Meanwhile, the MMDA will provide two buses offering free rides. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
MANILA, Philippines — Vehicular accidents and people getting run over while crossing roads are reported in the news almost every day.
According to the International Road Assessment Program (IRAP), one of the reasons is the bad condition of roads in the country.
IRAP gave the Philippines a one to two-star rating only on road safety. Based on their study, narrow roads designed for single lane use only often accommodate two vehicles with only a painted line in the middle to separate them.
“That white line, it doesn’t do too much to protect you from death on a head-on crash. It’s one of the main ways that motorcyclists die from,” said IRAP’s managing director, Greg Smith.
A 2015 report of the World Health Organization stated that 53 percent of road accidents involved motorcycles while 19 percent involved pedestrians. The report also indicated that people between the ages of 15 to 29 are the ones who usually figure in road accidents.
According to the National Center for Transportation Studies of the University of the Philippines, roads in the country, particularly in Metro Manila, are dangerous.
And though the government is continuously working on making roads safer, experts say, the public should also learn to adjust and follow traffic rules.
“Kahit ang ganda ng infrastructure natin kapag hindi natin naintindihan na lahat ng tao ay may karapatang gumamit sa kalsada, hindi tayo uusad kahit malawak pedestrian. Kung gagamitin yun na parking, walang mangyayari,” said UP National Center for Transportation Studies director, Dr. Ma. Sheila Napalang.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), for its part, assured that it is doing all it can to make roads in the metropolis safer.
The MMDA also calls on the public to make use of pedestrian walkways, even the controversial footbridge along Scout Borromeo-EDSA, to avoid road accidents.
“Mamimili po kayo dito: mapapagod po kayo o babawian kayo ng buhay? Makikipagsapalaran po kayo sa EDSA,” said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago.
Road safety advocates, meanwhile, suggests the inclusion of intensified promotions on road safety in the platform of political aspirants hoping to win a seat in the upcoming midterm elections. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Saturday, September 15th, 2018
The fire that claimed six lives in Novaliches, Quezon City amid the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – While Typhoon Ompong continues to pour an immense amount of rain, a commercial area in General Luis, Barangay Novaliches Proper was engulfed in raging fire early dawn on Saturday, September 15.
A family of five and another individual died from the fire that went ablaze inside a store of used clothes where the family was sleeping.
The casualties include members of the Direpusun family namely Kamal and Norjannah Japar as well as their children Abdul Raman (5y/o), Salma (7y/o) and Abdulrahem (9y/o).
Meanwhile, the identity of the other individual is yet to be known.
Authorities said the incident started at around 12:24 a.m. and was declared fire out at 2:35 a.m.
According to Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) Chief Arson Investigator Rosendo Cabillan, authorities suspect that the fire could have been triggered by a spark on a damaged power line, though an investigation is still ongoing to know the exact cause of the fire. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Reynante Ponte)
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is determined to file complaints against a woman who went viral after she was captured on video confronting an MMDA enforcer.
In the video posted on Facebook under the account of Gadget Addict, the woman can be seen arguing with the enforcer after the latter accosted her for illegal parking and asked to see her license.
The woman even tried to flee the scene and accidentally ran over the motorcycle of another enforcer.
The woman was later joined by her husband who insisted on bringing his pregnant wife immediately to the hospital as the stress was causing her to bleed.
In the end the couple refused to go with authorities to settle the dispute.
The MMDA said they will not let the incident pass and will file a formal complaint.
MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said, “Baka pwedeng masuspend yung license niya dahil nga sa ganun niyang attitude (Her license may be suspended because of her attitude toward the incident).”
The agency is also planning to press direct assault charges against the woman for allegedly attempting to run over the enforcer.
On Wednesday, the couple went to the MMDA office to personally apologize for the incident.
They refused to give their identities to the media but according to reports, the woman works at the Department of Justice as a prosecutor.
“We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the MMDA enforcers especially to Col. Bong Nebrija and Constable Azures. We ask for your understanding as well as emotions got the best of us,” the woman said.
Her husband also thanked the agency’s officials.
“We would like to thank the MMDA leadership as headed by Chairman Danilo Lim and General Manager Jojo Garcia for giving us the chance, this chance, to make this apology and in recognizing the consequences of our actions,” he said.
The MMDA has yet to confirm if they will continue with the charges after the couple’s public apology.
The agency reminded motorists anew to respect the policies of the MMDA. – Joan Nano
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