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

UNTV News   •   January 30, 2018   •   16262

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

Modified number coding scheme to take effect in Metro Manila on June 8 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A modified number coding scheme with exemptions will be implemented in Metro Manila starting Monday, June 8, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Thursday.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the modified number coding scheme will take effect next week after it was approved by the Metro Manila Council in an online meeting held on May 26.

Based on MMDA Regulation 2020-001 series of 2020, the following vehicles are automatically exempted from the modified number coding scheme:

  • Private vehicles with two or more passengers including the driver, provided that physical distancing is strictly observed and all passengers are wearing face masks
  • Private vehicles driven by doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel
  • All Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), as specified on the latest guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force.

Operators of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) are required to put signage so they could easily be recognized as ride-hailing services, the MMDA said.

The agency earlier expressed hope that exempting the medical frontliners from the modified number coding scheme provides them ease and convenience to their daily transport.

Public transport operations resumed at reduced capacity on June 1 when Metro Manila and other areas shifted to general community quarantine after more than two months on enhanced community quarantine.

Number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5.

The MMDA also clarified that the planned modified number coding scheme will still push through, although the exact date of its implementation is yet to be determined.

The MMDA explained that the new law on traffic still has to go through the legal process before it gets to be published in major newspapers to inform the public of its implementation.

Under the modified number coding scheme, private vehicles may still go on trip even if their car plate numbers are under a certain day-code as long as the passengers on board are not lesser than two.

Medical frontliners are exempted from the scheme.

On the other hand, Makati City will already be implementing the number coding scheme effective Monday, June 1. Vehicles that have two or more passengers will be exempted from the scheme. (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

Parts of Baclaran under ‘calibrated lockdown’, Mayor Olivarez says

Robie de Guzman   •   May 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Some areas in Baclaran, Parañaque City have been placed under a three-day “calibrated lockdown”, Mayor Edwin Olivarez announced.

In a Facebook post, Olivarez said the following areas will be on lockdown starting Thursday, May 21:

  • Bagong Sikat
  • Bagong Lipunan
  • Bagong Pag-asa
  • Bagong Ilog
  • E. Rodriguez
  • Bagong Buhay
  • Bagong Silang
  • Dimasalang Extension
  • Mabuhay
  • 12 De Junio

Olivarez said the lockdown will take effect from 6 a.m. of Thursday, May 21 until 12 midnight of Saturday, May 23.

During the lockdown, home quarantine passes are temporarily suspended and only those who are working as frontliners will be allowed to go out of their residences.

“Para sa mas epektibong pagpapatupad ng “lockdown,” bawat tahanan ay pagkakalooban ng kanilang pangunahing pangangailangan tulad ng pagkain at tubig na ipapamahagi ng ating pamahalaang lungsod mula Huwebes ng hapon hanggang sa ikatlong araw (Sabado), sa pakikipagtulungan ni Kapitan Jun Zaide ng Barangay Baclaran,” Olivarez said.

The mayor also said that mass testing among residents, and a total disinfection will be conducted during the lockdown.

As of May 20, Parañaque City has a total of 652 coronavirus cases with 42 deaths and 355 recoveries.


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