Manila LGU seeks suspension of Baclaran-Divisoria jeepney route

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2019   •   991

The Manila local government seeks to suspend the Baclaran-Divisoria jeepney route due to numerous complaints of cutting trips.

According to Mayor Isko Moreno, the roads along the area are already cleared so there is no reason for drivers to cut trips.

He also said it is unfair for passengers to pay the full amount but have their trip cut short.

“Pagod na pagod na iyong mga iyan. Biruin niyo kayo magtrabaho otso oras. Ang gusto mo sumakay ng jeep, umuwi nalang, makatulog makasama ang pamilya mo tapos matotolongges ka pa sa kalye, (These [passengers] are already tired. Imagine working for eight hours and you just want to take a jeep and go home to be with your family, but then you will get stranded on the road),” he said.

The local government is already preparing the complaint to be filed before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to suspend the Baclaran-Divisoria jeepney route.

Other routes including MCU-Blumentritt, Cubao-Divisoria, as well as routes in Padre Faura, Pedro Gil and Paco are also at risk of suspension.

The Manila LGU is also receiving complaints of cutting trip against jeepneys operating in Morayta, Far Eastern University, and Philippine School of Business Administration.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB said they will thoroughly review the complaint to be filed by the Manila government.

“We’ll accept whatever complaint the city will file against any and all public utility jeepneys. Kahit na anuman, pwedeng may UV express or may taxi na pupunta rito sa Metro Manila na nagti-trip cutting o kaya’y nag-aabuso sa kanilang prangkisa, (Whether that is a UV Express or taxi that are cutting trips in Metro Manila or if they are abusing their franchise we will accept it)” according to LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III.

Moreno already held a meeting with the officials of the LTFRB and Inter-Agency for Traffic regarding the traffic problem in Manila.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

Manila kicks off construction of new Vitas slaughterhouse

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2019

Mayor Isko Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan at the groundbreaking ceremony of the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso on Friday (August 23) led the ground breaking ceremony for the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse in Tondo, Manila.

The Mayor was accompanied by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan in making rounds at the construction site.

The city officials checked the area where the new office of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board will be built.

Domagoso said they plan to install modern equipment into the new facility which they expect to improve the income of the workers and the local government with the help of the National Meat Inspection Commission.

The Mayor, actually, has started to regularize some of the workers in the slaughterhouse under the city hall’s job order. – MNP (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

MMDA: Closure of Araneta-Aurora Intersection in Manila to push through on August 24

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the scheduled closure of Araneta-Aurora Intersection in Manila will push through on Saturday, August 24.

The temporary closure of the intersection was initially set last August 15 but it was not implemented as planned after the contractors encountered technical difficulties, according to the MMDA.

The said intersection will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for seven consecutive nights and will remain passable in the morning. This is to give way to the launching of a girder for the Skyway Stage 3 Project.

The MMDA earlier said an average of 17,000 to 18,000 vehicles will be affected by the temporary closure.

Affected motorists are advised to take the following routes:

FOR LIGHT VEHICLES:

  • From Shaw Boulevard/ V. Mapa, take straight towards Magsaysay Blvd. then Santol Street, right at Palanza, Landargun or Bayani Road, left at G. Araneta to destination and vice versa;
  • Vehicles from Cubao towards Manila area, along Aurora Blvd., right at Guirayan St., left at Palanza, left at Tomas Arguelles St. or Santol St. to Magsaysay Blvd. to destination;
  • Vehicles coming from N. Domingo and Blumentritt, take F. Roman, H. Lozada St. and J. Ruiz St.;
  • Vehicles coming from north: along C-3 Sgt. Rivera, right at Bayani, Landargun and Palanza St., left at Santol St., left at Magsaysay Blvd., and take V. Mapa, Old Sta. Mesa to destination

TRUCKS ROUTE:

  • From Quezon Avenue, E. Rodriguez Ave., straight towards España Blvd., left Lacson Ave. straight towards Nagtahan to destination (vice versa); or
  • Take Magsaysay Blvd., right at V. Mapa to Shaw Blvd. to destination and vice versa.

The intersection will fully reopen on Friday, August 30, the MMDA said.

Anti-Botcha: Mayor Isko orders intensified meat inspections in Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday ordered the conduct of intensified inspection in public markets following the seizure of thousands of kilograms of “botcha” or spoiled meat in the capital city since July this year.

Report from the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board presented on Thursday showed that since July 1, around 2,689 kilograms of spoiled beef shanks, pork and chicken meat were seized by authorities from different areas in Manila.

Hot meat are food items that did not pass proper inspection and are deemed unsafe for consumption.  

Mayor Isko also ordered concerned local agencies to set up checkpoints in the entry and exit points of Manila Harbor to prevent the entry of spoiled meat to the city.

He also urged the public to be cautious and observant when buying meat products.

Domagoso also called on meat vendors to join in the city government’s campaign against botcha and to make sure to only sold food products from accredited meat establishments. (RRD with details from Harlene Delgado)

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