Mass transport highway, express bus lane: proposed to solve EDSA traffic

Maris Federez   •   September 16, 2019   •   1188

A lawmaker in the Lower House has proposed to dedicate an express bus lane, while another suggested reserving certain hours for mass transportations only along EDSA to solve the perennial traffic in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.

According to the data of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the average vehicular volume on EDSA is more than 400,000 every day and it is expected to increase further by 15 to 20% these BER-months.

House Committee on Transportation chairman Edgar Sarmiento suggested dedicating the innermost lane of EDSA as an express bus lane for those who will ride the MRT.

Three lanes will be allocated to private vehicles, while the outer lane will be for passenger buses that will stop in designated loading and unloading areas only.

These buses will be allowed to queue in for pick up and drop off of Metro Manila-bound passengers at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange and the Valenzuela Gateway Complex Terminal.

Sarmiento said this scheme will prevent bus drivers from over-speeding and from overstaying in loading and unloading areas and cause traffic congestion.

“We propose this to eradicate the kanya-kanya system of the buses wherein they compete with each other creating chaos through overtaking, overspeeding, and overstaying,” Sarmiento said.

Meanwhile, Caloocan representative Edgar Erice has proposed the dedication of mass transport highway which aimed at giving priorities to public commuters.

Under his proposal, private vehicles will be off-limit along EDSA on certain hours every day.

“Dapat yung limang lanes ng EDSA from 6 to 9am at 6 to 9pm dedicated lang sa mga public utility vehicles [The five lanes on EDSA shall be dedicated only to public utility vehicles from 6:00 to 9:00am and at 6:00 to 9:00pm],” he stated.

With the 6-to-9-scheme, private car owners will have the option to use alternative roads, leave the house earlier than usual, take the bus, or take EDSA only after 9 o’clock.

The MMDA said it welcomes the said proposals.

“Ito yung pro commuter talaga; para sa mga ordinaryo nating mamamayan na mas mapabilis yung byahe nila. Ngayon, pagdating sa private may mga alternatibo naman sabi nga ni Cong Erice [This is really pro-commuter; for the ordinary people to have faster travel experience. Now, when it comes to private (car owners), there are alternatives as what Cong. Erice said],” according to MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia.

These suggestions, as well as the others, will go thru the MMDA’s engineering team for further study and screening for the selection of the feasible solutions for EDSA traffic.

The selected suggestions will be submitted to the Metro Manila Council meeting in October. (from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

MMDA implements 30-min heatstroke break for traffic enforcers, street sweepers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has implemented a 30-minute break for traffic law enforcers and street sweepers to prevent them from having heatstroke.

The country has been experiencing intense heat in the past few days. On Thursday (May 6), the heat index in Science Garden in Quezon City reached 40 degrees Celsius. Due to this, the MMDA will be implementing a 30-minute heatstroke break policy.

For traffic law enforcers on duty from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. can take their 30-minute break from 10:00-10:30 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For traffic law enforcers on duty from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., they can take their break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Street sweepers assigned from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. can take their break from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while personnel on duty from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., can take a break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, in a statement, said one of the agency’s main concerns is the safety and welfare of its personnel. Apart from the 30-minute break, there will also be an additional 15-minute break if temperatures rose to 40 degrees Celsius.

“Our personnel’s safety is our paramount concern. This special heat stroke break is available for traffic enforcers and street sweepers who work under the dry season’s searing heat and protect them from heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and heat cramps,” he said.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) 18 areas in the country hit dangerous levels in the heat index with temperatures ranging from 41 to 47 degrees Celsius.

The state weather bureau also reminded that individuals can experience heat cramps and heat exhaustion which can lead to heatstroke if the temperature further rises to 54 degrees Celsius. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)

 

MMDA extends suspension of truck ban in Metro Manila until May 14

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has extended the suspension of the truck ban in Metro Manila until May 14.

The MMDA said this is to ensure the unhampered movement of essential goods. Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces are still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) after President Rodrigo Duterte announced its extension on Wednesday evening (April 28).

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The said suspension of the truck ban, however, will only be imposed in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila except on EDSA and Roxas Blvd. AAC

MMDA clarifies community pantries urged to coordinate with LGUs, permits not required

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has clarified that the agency is only urging community pantries to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) and is not requiring them to apply for a permit.

On Wednesday (April 28), MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia reiterated helping fellowmen should not require any permits.

What needs to be done, Garcia added, is to make sure that the people queueing in community pantries should be safe from getting infected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and other health protocols.

Ang nilabas lang nating resolution is ‘urging strongly’ ang ating organizers makipag-coordinate sa ating LGUs, barangay, sa mga mayor nila para at least ang minimum health protocol maipatupad natin (The resolution only said that it ‘urging strongly’ the organizers to coordinate with LGUs, barangay, mayors so that, at least, the minimum health protocol is implemented), he said.

Garcia said the MMDA only seeks to provide assistance to the organizers of community pantries in keeping the people safe from the virus spread. AAC

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