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LTFRB readies city buses for backup amid “Tanggal Usok, Tanggal Bulok” campaign

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:58 AM


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

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MRT-7 contractor reopens occupied lanes on Elliptical Road

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 10 January 2019 03:46 PM

FILE PHOTO: MRT-7 construction

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Rail Transit 7 contractor, EEI Corporation, is ready to pay the P25,000 penalty charged by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for occupying two inner lanes on Elliptical Road in an effort to expand their working area during the construction of the MRT-7 tower.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said that the contractor failed to inform the management regarding the measure which was why motorists were not advised about it.

This created heavy traffic in the area causing further distress among motorists.

“The problem is, bigla na lang nilang tinira, sinara without giving us notice na ipa-relay sa tao,” said Garcia.

In the statement released by the company, they promised to fix the construction site.

The contractor assured that they will pay the P25, 000 fine charged by the MMDA to resolve the traffic problem on Elliptical Road.

The MMDA has instructed the contractor to place yellow markings on other lanes to prevent motorists from shifting lanes.

“I told them to put right lane markings na paglabas ng Commonwealth. Kailangan kung nasaang lane ka hindi ka na aalis kasi kaya nagkaka-traffic yan yung palipat-lipat nagkakaroon ng sagian,” said Garcia.

All public vehicles are directed to pass through the two outer lanes near the sidewalk.

Private vehicles are only allowed to change lanes if they are heading to Quezon Avenue or Visayas Avenue.

MMDA has also ordered the opening of the Commonwealth-Philcoa U-turn slot from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.— Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Tolentino ready to accept whatever SET decides on electoral protest vs. De Lima

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 9 January 2019 04:38 PM

Talk show host Daniel Razon (left) interviews former MMDA chairman, Atty. Francis Tolentino (right)on the set of Get it Straight with Daniel Razon

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Senatorial hopeful Atty. Francis Tolentino said he already accepted the fact that his electoral protest against Senator Leila de Lima is close to failing.

The former chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said that although he has strong evidence to win the case, the judicial process is slow. So, he decided to just wait for whatever the Senate Electoral Tribunal rules on the issue.

In October last year, Tolentino filed his candidacy for the May midterm elections.

Prior to that, he filed a motion asking the SET to temporarily suspend the proceedings of his election protest against De Lima. But it doesn’t mean that he is abandoning the case or conceding his claims to the detained senator.

“Knowing fully well the consequences maaaring i-dismiss ng SET ang kaso dahil tumtakbo na nga ho uli ako. Pero ibabalik ko doon sa hindi sya nag file ng counter protest kasi parang tinatanggap mo ang laman ng pleadings ko eh kasi hindi mo na kinaounter,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Tolentino may have been an accuser of a fraudulent election in 2016 but according to him, he decided to run because he still respects the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

He noted that the impeachment of former Comelec commissioner Andres Bautista is one proof that the agency has kept its integrity as an institution.

If given the chance in Senate, Tolentino wants to push for a measure that will strengthen the local government units, measures to improve the country’s disaster preparedness programs, transportation and the passage of federalism.

If there’s one thing he can assure the public in his quest for Senate position, Tolentino said, it is his clean track record as a public servant.

“I’ve been a mayor several times, MMDA chairman hindi po ako nagka-kaso sa Ombudasman kahit isa. Ibig sabihin the record will show na kahit sa piskalya I can have certifications to show,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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MMDA all geared up for annual Traslacion

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 7 January 2019 12:13 PM

FILE PHOTO: Devotees at Traslacion

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday (January 6) began the deployment of personnel to the Quirino Grandstand in Ermita, Manila in anticipation of the of the annual Trasclacion on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

The MMDA initially deployed 350 personnel particularly from the Western Traffic Enforcement Division to help coordinate traffic.

The agency said 500 more MMDA personnel will be added on the day of the Traslacion to man the procession routes to ensure the safety of the attendees.

It was also announced that on Wednesday, some roads in the Quiapo area will be closed to traffic including Katigbak Drive and Padre Burgos Avenue up to a portion of Taft Avenue going to Jones Bridge.

The MMDA Metro Parkway Clearing Group will also take part in the preparation to ensure that the procession routes are free from obstructions.

The Sidewalk Clearing Group will take care of crowd control while the street sweepers are directed to promptly clean up any trash left by the devotees.

The MMDA Road Emergency Group and Public Safety Division have road emergency vehicles and ferry boats on standby for crisis situations.

The Manila City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council together with the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) will lead as the first emergency response unit.

The MMDRRMC is expecting good weather on Wednesday and estimates attendees to reach up to 15 million. — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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