Mabigat na trapiko, asahan sa pagsasara ng ilang u-turn slot sa EDSA sa Lunes – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 25, 2020   •   226

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpa-alala ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sa mga motorista planuhing maigi ang biyahe dahil sa inaasahang mabigat na trapiko bunsod ng pagsasara ng ilang u-turn slots sa Lunes.

Labing-apat na u-turn slots sa kahabaan ng EDSA ang isasara upang bigyang daan ang tuluy-tuloy na pagbiyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus sa EDSA Busway sa ruta mula Monumento sa Caloocan City at Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

Una nang sinabi ng MMDA na unang isasara ang ikutan malapit sa MRT-3 North Avenue Station.

Ayon kay MMDA EDSA Traffic czar Bong Nebrija, hindi na sila maglalagay ng dagdag na mga tauhan para magmando ng trapiko bagaman inaasahan nila ang mabigat na daloy ng mga sasakyan sa Lunes lalo na sa bahagi ng Quezon Avenue.

“Well actually, hindi naman namin kailangang magdagdag ng tao, ‘no. So, we will use the available deployment that we have right now. Ang ano lang naman diyan ang ine-expect namin would be sa Quezon Avenue. Tututukan na lang ng operations team namin yan to assist the deployment on the ground,” ang pahayag ni Nebrija.

Pinapayuhan rin ang mga motorista na dumaan sa mga alternatibong ruta.

“Start looking for your best alternate route and practice it as much as possible para masigurado ninyo po na wala yung—hindi nakasarado yung nga inner roads na yan na balak ninyong daanan,” ang wika ni Nebrija.

Naniniwala rin ang opisyal na babalik sa normal ang lagay ng trapiko makalipas ang dalawang linggo.

Humihingi rin ang MMDA ng pang-unawa sa publiko para sa gagawing hakbang.

Wala pang takdang araw kung kailan isasara ang iba pang u-turn slots sa EDSA ngunit inaasahang ipatutupad ito kapag nakumpleto na ang paglalagay ng concrete barriers ng MMDA. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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MMDA spox Pialago says sorry but stands by post on detained activist Nacino

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2020

MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago

MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Celine Pialago on Monday apologized to detained activist Reina Mae Nacino for her controversial remark about her plight and her late infant, Baby River.

Pialago drew flak over the weekend for her social media post where she urged the public to know Nacino’s story first before sympathizing with her.

In her post on Sunday, Pialago criticized Nacino’s supporters, whom she said are turning her grief and plight into a “drama serye.”

Nacino, an urban poor organizer facing charges of illegal possession of explosives and firearms, was only allowed by the court a few hours to attend the wake and burial of her three-month old infant.

Baby River died of pneumonia last Oct 9 while Reina Mae remained in detention. The infant was buried on Friday at the Manila North Cemetery, with critics blasting the strong presence of police and jail guards escorting Nacino.

Pialago apologized to those who thought her comment was insensitive to the plight of mothers who lost their child, but stressed she won’t take back her “drama serye” remark.

“When I posted drama serye, I didn’t mean na tratuhing drama yung hinagpis ni Reina it’s not that… I never meant na dapat hindi sya maghinagpis bilang isang ina. Nawalan rin ako ng mga mahal ko sa buhay, I know the feeling wag nating ilipat dun sa context na yun,” she said in an interview.

“Ang dating kasi nung iba dun sa sinabi kong drama serye wala na siyang karapatang maghinagpis kasi political prisoner siya. Ang dating wala na siyang karapatang bumisita eh binigyan nga sya ng furlough eh… nakikidalamhati kami sayo sa aspeto na yan dahil wala nang sasakit pa sa mamatayan ng anak,” she added.

She said she did not mean to attack Nacino’s grief with the loss of her baby when she used the term.

She also emphasized that the “drama serye” she was referring to were people who were “capitalizing” on Nacino’s situation to gain sympathy from the public and turn them against the government.

“Stop thinking doon sa mga hindi nakakaintindi. Stop thinking na I’m insensitive enough for them. Pero please, sana naman… Salamat doon sa mga nakakaintindi na ang pinupunto nung drama serye huwag palakihin, wag gamitin yung unfortunate situation para lang ma-highlight na mapang-api ang gobyerno,” she said.

Pialago also stressed that her comment is her own and not part of her role as MMDA’s spokesperson.

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia echoed Pialago’s statement and assured that her opinion does not reflect the agency’s stand on the issue.

“Nagsalita siya at her own capacity, it’s not the stand of MMDA. Kung may personal opinion siya, it’s her right to say that,” Garcia said.

“I think Asec. Celine is responsible enough to handle yung ganitong klase ng mga situation,” he added.

Malacañang, meanwhile, refused to comment and would rather let Pialago handle the issue.

“Tingin ko po personal na opinion niya yan, hindi naman po kasi related sa MMDA yang issue, so hayaan po natin na magkaroon ng personal na opinion si Spokesperson Pialago,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Nacino and two others were arrested in Tondo, Manila in November 2019 for alleged illegal possession of firearms and explosives. She was one month pregnant at the time of her arrest.

She gave birth last July and was ordered separated from her baby in August despite her pleadings filed before Manila Regional Trial Court. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Overgrowth of water lilies suspends Pasig River ferry system

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Tuesday (October 6) the temporary suspension of the Pasig River Ferry System due to overgrowth of water lilies and other aquatic plants that clog the river.

In a message to reporters, MMDA chief information officer Sharon Gentalian said the operations of the Pasig River Ferry System will remain suspended “until further notice.”

The overgrowth of water hyacinth has long been a problem affecting the overall operation of the ferry system as they clog the river especially during the rainy season blocking the way of barges and other vessels. 

Authorities say the water plants entangle the ferry’s propeller apart from pieces of trash already floating on the river, preventing boats from traveling at normal speed.

The MMDA revived the Pasig River system in April 2014 under then MMDA chair now Senator Francis Tolentino to decongest major roads in Metro Manila.

MMDA to close EDSA U-turn slot in front of QC Academy starting Oct. 12

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced it will be closing another U-turn slot along EDSA next week.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the U-turn slot in front of Quezon City Academy will be closed starting Oct. 12, Monday.

This follows the closure of the U-turn slot along EDSA North Avenue last Monday for the EDSA Busway Project.

The MMDA said directional signages will be installed within the vicinity of the affected U-turn slot starting Oct. 5 to notify motorists of the impending closure.

The agency advised motorists to take the following detour routes:

  • From northbound going southbound, affected vehicles may take U-turn slot after Congressional Avenue (infront of Landers)
  • From southbound going northbound, affected vehicles may take U-turn slot after Quezon Avenue Service Road (under Quezon Ave. flyover)

“The eventual closure of U-turn slots along EDSA will make commuter travel through the EDSA Carousel easier, more convenient, and faster,” MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said.

The EDSA busway project designates the innermost lane of EDSA as exclusive lane for buses travelling along the national highway.

Lim assured motorists that the agency will deploy additional traffic enforcers to guide them and manage traffic flow in affected areas.

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