Makati City to close some roads for Lenten activities

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2019   •   1460

Makati skyline

The local government of Makati will close some roads next week to give way for Lenten activities.

In an advisory issued on Saturday, the Makati City government said the road closures and traffic rerouting will be implemented from April 14 at 10 p.m. to April 21 at 10 p.m.

The roads to be closed are listed below:

  • Gen. Luna Street (From P. Burgos Street to Mercado Street)
  • Enriquez Street (From Don Pedro Street to Fermina Street)
  • San Marcos Street (From Pagulayan Street to P. Burgos Street)
  • San Juan Street (From Pagulayan Street to P. Burgos Street)
  • Don Pedro Street (From Gabaldon Street to Manalac Street)
  • Guanzon Street (From P. Burgos Street to Makati Avenue)
  • San Mateo Street (From D.M. Rivera Street to P. Gomez Street)
  • Agno Street (From D.M. Rivera Street to P. Gomez Street)
  • Dona Epifania Street (From A. Mabini Street to Agno Street)
  • Ilaya Street (From A. Mabini Street to J.P. Rizal Street)
  • Don Pedro Street (A. Mabini Street to Villena Street)
  • Albert Street (Villena Street to Palma Street)
  • P. Gomez Street (From J.P. Rizal Street to Zamora Street)
  • P. Gomez Street (Hagdang Bato Whole Block)
  • San Agustin Street (From P. Burgos Street to P. Gomez Street)
  • Quintos Street (From Santiago Street to Singian Street)
  • Molina Street (From Quintos Street to Singian Street)
  • Zenaida Street (From E. Zobel Street to F. Zobel Street)
  • Bagong Diwa Street (From M.L. Quezon Street to Pertierra Street)
  • Ma. Aurora Ext. Street (From Pertierra Street to Ma. Aurora Street)
  • Osmeña Street (From M.L. Quezon Street to Bridge Service Road/P. Burgos Street)

Motorists are also advised to take the following alternate routes to avoid being stuck on roads during processions scheduled on April 17 (Wednesday) to April 19 (Friday):

For vehicles going to Westside Makati /The Circuit/ Manila: (From Westbound Makati or Guadalupe Area)

  • From J.P. Rizal Street, Light vehicles must turn left to Estrella Street
  • Turn right to Rockwell Drive, turn right to Kalayaan Avenue (District 1)
  • Turn left to Makati Avenue
  • Make a right turn to Jupiter Street or Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
  • Turn right to N. Garcia Street (Reposo Street)
  • Turn left to J.P. Rizal Avenue and follow the usual route to destination
  • From J.P. Rizal Street, Public Utility Vehicles, jeepneys, and small trucks must turn left to Estrella Street
  • Turn right to EDSA, turn right to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
  • Cross Paseo Intersection and Makati Avenue Intersection
  • Make a right turn to N. Garcia Street (Reposo Street)
  • Turn left to J.P. Rizal Avenue and follow the usual route to destination

Vehicles going to Guadalupe/ Pateros/ EDSA: (From Eastbound Makati or Delpan Area)

  • From J.P. Rizal Avenue, head straight to Kalayaan Avenue
  • Turn right to N. Garcia Street
  • Make a left-turn to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
  • Cross Makati Avenue Intersection and Paseo de Roxas Avenue intersection
  • Turn right to EDSA if going to Mandaluyong and Quezon City area
  • If going to Pasay City, take the Buendia flyover from EDSA

Vehicles going to Mandaluyong City via Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge: (From Northbound Makati or Makati Central Business District-Ayala)

  • Traverse Ayala Avenue to South Avenue then turn right to Kalayaan Avenue
  • Make a left turn to Pililia Street
  • Turn right to J.P. Rizal Avenue
  • Left turn at Makati Avenue and J.P. Rizal Extension to Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge
  • Motorists may also take the Ayala-EDSA flyover or Buendia-EDSA flyover in Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue to Mandaluyong City

Vehicles going to Makati Central Business District – Ayala: (From Mandaluyong City via Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge)

  • From Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge, turn right to J.P. Rizal Avenue
  • Turn left to Zapote Street
  • Turn left to Kamagong Street
  • Turn right to Ayala Avenue Extension
  • Cross Ayala Avenue/Sen Gil J. Puyat Avenue intersection to destination

The Makati City government said a two-way traffic flow will be implemented along J.P. Rizal Street from Pasong Tirad to Makati Avenue beginning 6 a.m. of April 14, to 10 p.m. of April 21.

Normal traffic flow will resume on April 22 (Monday)
at 6 a.m. – Robie de Guzman

LIST: QC Road closure, traffic rerouting scheme for SONA 2019

Robie de Guzman   •   July 18, 2019

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.

DOE: Power supply situation in PH may improve this week

Robie de Guzman   •   April 16, 2019

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.

It was placed again on red alert on Monday.

READ: Luzon grid on yellow alert for over 10 hours

READ: DOE: Brownouts possible as Luzon grid goes red alert again

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: Parts of Metro Manila, Bacoor waterless from April 16-20

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Maynilad Water Services Inc. has reminded its customers to store enough water prior to the implementation of its service interruptions this week.

Maynilad announced in an advisory earlier that parts of Metro Manila and Cavite will experience water service interruptions during the Lenten break.

READ: Maynilad: No water in parts of Metro Manila, Bacoor next week

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.

Maynilad will be conducting several water network enhancement activities—including facility maintenance works, pipe…

Posted by Maynilad Water Services, Inc. on Wednesday, 10 April 2019

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.

READ: DOE brownouts possible as Luzon grid goes on red alert again

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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