Metro Manila mayors shorten curfew hours from midnight to 4 a.m.

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021   •   226

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Manila Council (MMC) will implement a shortened curfew beginning October 13, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Curfew hours in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. This is after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a downtrend of active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the adjustment on curfew hours was approved unanimously by the 17 Metro Manila local chief executives due to the declining number of COVID-19 cases.

“Everything is going down. The number of COVID-19 cases is declining as well as the reproduction rate, according to DOH data and OCTA Research. In light of the recent developments particularly the steady decrease of active cases, the curfew hours being presently implemented in the NCR under Alert Level 4 has to be adjusted,” he said.

The current curfew hour is from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. following the implementation of a new alert level system. -AAC

Modified number coding scheme back in Metro Manila starting Dec. 1 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The modified number coding scheme will be re-implemented in Metro Manila starting Wednesday, December 1, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

Citing a resolution signed by Metro Manila mayors, MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos said the number scheme will only be imposed during afternoon rush hour, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The number coding scheme will be implemented from Mondays to Fridays, except holidays.

The modified coding scheme only covers private vehicles.

Exempted from the scheme are public utility vehicles (PUV), including tricycles, transport network vehicle services (NTVS), motorcycles, garbage trucks, fuel trucks, and motor vehicles carrying essential and/or perishable goods.

MMDA to lift suspension of number coding scheme this week

Maris Federez   •   November 29, 2021

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

MMDA eyes reimposition of number coding scheme

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday said it is looking into the possibility of re-implementing the number coding scheme amid increasing volume of vehicles traversing the major thoroughfare.

MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos noted that the traffic speed has become slower after the quarantine restrictions were eased in Metro Manila compared to the recorded speed when stricter quarantine restrictions were still in place.

“Travel speed along EDSA from Roxas Boulevard going to Monumento is slower at 19 kilometers per hour (kph) now that we are under alert level 2 compared to 23kph during the ECQ,” Abalos said in a statement.

“If we recorded the pre-pandemic speed of 11kph, it is possible that we shall re-implement the number coding scheme but we are monitoring the traffic volume count and the speed everyday,” he added.

Abalos earlier said that if the scheme will be re-implemented, this may only be imposed during rush hours, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The number coding scheme in Metro Manila has been suspended since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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