The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) will implement road closure and traffic rerouting scheme on Monday, July 22 in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
In an advisory, Police Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel said motorists plying Batasan area will have to take alternate route on Monday due to the expected heavy traffic near the Batasang Pambansa Complex where the President will deliver his speech.
The QCPD said closure and traffic rerouting plan will be implemented in the following roads:
Starting 12 a.m. on July 22, the entire stretch of Commonwealth Avenue (north and southbound) from Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) /Philcoa to Fairview (Fairview Center Mall) will be cleared and illegally parked vehicles will be towed.
Commonwealth Avenue northbound shall be partially closed from Home Depot to the Sandiganbayan U-turn slot.
Southbound lanes of Commonwealth will remain open. Eastbound of IBP starting Filinvest 1 up to Sinagtala will be closed for traffic to give way to pro-administration rallyists and demonstrators.
At 6:00 AM, motorists coming from QMC to Fairview shall take Zipper Lane at the island breaker in front of Home Depot U turn-slot and take inner lanes. The end and exit point of the Zipper Lane is at the island breaker of the Sandiganbayan U-turn slot. Likewise, motorists coming from Fairview to QMC shall traverse the usual southbound route.
At 2:30 PM, light vehicles from QMC to Fairview may take North Ave., turn right to Mindanao Ave., turn right to Old Sauyo Road, turn left to Chestnut St., turn right to Dahlia St., turn left to Fairlane St. then exit to Commonwealth Ave. to destination. Heavy vehicles should take Commonwealth Avenue.
All light vehicles from Fairview to QMC may turn right to Fairlane St., turn right to Dahlia St., turn left to Chestnut St., turn right to Old Sauyo Road, turn right to Mindanao Ave., take U-turn at corner Quirino Highway to Mindanao Ave., left turn North Ave. to QMC to destination. Heavy vehicles should take Commonwealth Avenue.
Light vehicles may also take right turn to Regalado Avenue, right turn to Old Sauyo Road, turn right to Mindanao Ave. take U-turn at Quirino Highway to Mindanao Ave. (Southbound) left turn North Ave to QMC to destination.
For vehicles along QMC, they may take right turn to North Ave., right turn to Mindanao Ave., right turn to Old Sauyo Road or Quirino Highway to destination.
At 4:00 PM, the entire stretch of IBP Road may lock down for traffic. All light vehicles will take alternate route from QMC to Filinvest 1 & 2, Brgy Bagong Silangan and some inner portions of Brgy. Batasan Hills shall take zipper lane at the island breaker in front of Home Depot U-turn slot and take inner lanes.
The end of the zipper lane is at the breaker of Sandiganbayan U-turn slot, then right turn on Litex Payatas Road, right turn on Abris St., right turn on bougainvillea St., right turn to Lower Jasmin St., right turn to Ilang Ilang St., left turn to Santan St., left to Sampaguita St., left turn to Violago Road and meters away right turn and enter the gate 3 of Filinvest 2, to Brgy. Bagong Silangan just follow Violago Road.
For those traveling to Filinvest 1, motorists should have an agreement with Filinvest 2 in order to pass by their subdivision to reach the Batasan-San Mateo Road then enter Kagawad St., right turn to resolution St., right turn to Senatorial St., right turn to Sinagtala St., left turn to Masbate or Cotabato St., left turn to Filinvest 1 Road and enter gate of Filivest 1 subdivision.
Light vehicles going to Filinvest 2, San Mateo Rizal and Marikina City may take alternate route from Commonwealth-Sandigan, turn right on Sinagtala St., turn right on Senatorial St., turn left on Resolution St., left turn on Kagawad Road then right turn on Batasan San Mateo Road.
The QCPD estimates that by 6 p.m. only the westbound lane of IBP Road leading to the Sandiganbayan underpass/tunnel shall be opened to VIPs exiting from the South Gate of the HOR going to Commonwealth Avenue.
However, the westbound lane from Litex to the HOR South Gate will remain closed until further notice.
MANILA, Philippines – The power supply situation in the country is expected to improve as more power plants resume operations this week, the Department of Energy (DOE) said.
DOE said in an advisory on Tuesday that the Luzon grid is now operating under normal conditions after the reactivation of Sual power plant Unit 1. The plant went out last April 9 after experiencing a boiler pump leak.
The Luzon grid was placed on red and yellow alert status for consecutive days after several power plants went offline for various reasons.
A red alert means there is an existing generation deficiency or zero ancillary services, while yellow alert means there are low power reserves against high power demand.
Rotational brownouts were also implemented in parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces to manage the insufficient power supply.
As of Tuesday, DOE said three power plants are yet to go online after going into forced outage. These are the SMC Consolidated Power Corporation (SMCCPC) Limay Unit 2, Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corporation (SLPGC) Unit 2 and the Pagbilao Energy Corporation Unit 3.
DOE Undersecretary Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella said in a press briefing on Monday that the power supply situation in the country is expected to improve starting Wednesday.
Fuentebella also expressed hope that the decline in demand during the Lenten season will further improve the situation. – Robie de Guzman
Maynilad’s water services will be cut off from April 16 (Tuesday) to April 20 (Saturday).
Barangays in Valenzuela, Malabon, Navotas, Quezon City, Manila, Parañaque, Pasay, Las Piñas and Bacoor City in Cavite will be affected.
The duration of service interruption will last for five to 30 hours, depending on the area.
Maynilad said this is due to the water network enhancement activities that will be done during these dates in line with continuous efforts to improve water services in the western zone. These include facility maintenance works, pipe decommissioning and interconnections, and valve replacements.
The water company also assured that 40 water tankers will be deployed to deliver water to affected areas when necessary.
Aside from the impending water interruption, many consumers are also grappling with rotational brownouts due to low power reserves in Luzon grid amid the extreme weather condition.
However, Malacañang ensures that the government is on top of the situation.
“I was just talking to (Energy) Sec. Al(fonso Cusi), sabi niya we are on top of it, yun ang sabi niya sa akin kanina,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters at a press briefing Monday.
(I was just talking to Sec. Al, he said we are on top of it, that’s what he told me earlier.)
On Monday, Luzon grid was placed again on red and yellow alerts, the latest in the consecutive alert issuances of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines since last week due to unplanned outages and derated capacity of several power plants.
The Department of Energy also expressed hope that the power supply in Luzon grid will stabilize in the coming days as some currently offline power plants will resume operations this week. – Robie de Guzman(with details from Rosalie Coz)
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