Metro Manila Council to suspend classes on Nov. 16 – 17
MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) have agreed to suspend all levels of both private and public schools in Metro Manila on November 16 and 17 to give way to the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit to be held in the country.
Metro Manila mayors decided to cancel the classes to lessen traffic in affected areas.
“We want less people dahil maaga palang mapo-program na ng mga pamilya kung magbabakasyon sila or hindi (because families can decide early whether or not they will go on vacation),” Quezon City mayor, Herbert Bautista said.
Both government and private offices, however, will be business as usual on the said dates.
The MMC, clarified that it is up to the Office of the President if it will declare November 13 to 15 a holiday.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority guarantees that the closure of some major streets, where heads of states will pass, will only be temporary.
“Yung selected na dadaanan (the selected roads) will be closed for a few minutes and then aandar na po (traffic flow will resume). As much as possible the directive is to really not disrupt whatever on the streets on this particular event,” MMDA Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Salalima said.
Just this Sunday, the MMDA conducted a dry-run for the traffic rerouting scheme that will be effective during the ASEAN Summit.
The MMDA, together with other government agencies, will conduct another dry-run of a more detailed traffic rerouting plan on October 29. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
MMDA to lift suspension of number coding scheme this week
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday, November 29, announced that it would lift the suspension of the number coding scheme in the National Capital Region within this week.
According to MMDA Benhur Abalos, the Metro Manila Council of mayors has signed the resolution that will resume the number coding scheme and the same will be published in a Philippine gazette on Tuesday.
Abalos added that the implementation of the resumption of the number coding scheme will be two days after the publication of the resolution.
The number coding scheme will be from 5 PM to 8 PM from Monday to Friday.
He clarified, however, that public transportation will still be exempted from the scheme.
Light trucks, on the other hand, will be banned from EDSA from 5 AM to 9 PM. —/mbmf
Metro mayors approve lifting face shield policy — MMDA
MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila mayors have agreed to lift the mandatory use of face shields, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Monday (November 8).
In an interview, MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos said the Metro Manila Council (MMC) of mayors wants to do away with face shields when going out in public.
“So, napagkasunduan na lang ng Metro Manila Mayors na talagang tanggalin na ito dahil mayroon ka namang proteksyon — may mask ka naman eh. It is just an added one,” Abalos said.
The MMDA chief, however, stressed that this will not cover critical areas such as hospitals and other medical facilities, adding that their decision is their way of support to the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) earlier proposal.
“Make it just a personal choice except for hospitals, for health centers, and the PUVs. So, we are supporting the position of the DILG of Secretary Año here,” he said.
The Manila City government has earlier in the day announced the lifting of the use of face shields through Executive Order No. 42 declaring the use of face shields as non-mandatory in the capital city.
Abalos said local chief executives will submit their position to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), as soon as possible. —/mbmf
Metro malls to have longer operating hours — MMDA
MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila shopping malls will have longer operating hours starting mid-November, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
An advisory posted on MMDA’s Facebook page said the adjustment came after the Metro Manila Council (MMC) of mayors approved the MMDA Resolution No. 21-25 that sought the lifting of the general curfew in the capital region last week as it was placed under Alert Level 2 quarantine status.
Malls in Metro Manila will operate from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm beginning Nov. 15, with weekend and holiday schedules starting as early as 10 a.m.
This is seen to help ease the flow of traffic, especially during the holiday season.
Mall sales are also limited to weekends and holidays only.
The MMC is comprised of 17 local government units in Metro Manila and serves as that governing and policy-making body of the MMDA. —/mbmf