MMDA advises motorists, commuters to prefer carpooling on holiday week

Marje Pelayo   •   December 16, 2019   •   1567

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) assures of enough number of public utility buses this holiday week for passengers bound for the provinces.

The agency has approved special permits to provincial buses bound for provinces in nearby areas in Northern and Southern Luzon, Bicol and in areas in Visayas and Mindanao.

The special permit will take effect from December 23 to January 3, 2020.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra reminds bus operators of the standard protocol on drivers for province bound buses.

Bus firm must ensure that they have substitute drivers for trips six hours and longer for safety of the passengers and the drivers themselves.

“Whatever be the case, we always remind them […] be mindful of the road rules and regulations and be mindful of the safety of the passengers,” Delgra emphasized.

Now that more buses will ply the roads during the holiday week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advised private motorists to brace for heavier traffic situation.

“Kasi ayaw nilang magbayad ng (they refuse to pay for) terminal fee so that’s what they do. They crawl EDSA,” MMDA’s Traffic Chief Edison Nebrija observed of bus drivers.

“Nagba-barker ang konduktor (bus conductors would try) getting chance passengers. Hindi naman namin pwedeng payagan iyan (But we will not allow that) because they will delay the flow of traffic,” he added.

Aside from bus drivers getting unruly on EDSA, last minute shoppers also add to the traffic jam, Nebrija said.

“The week before Christmas iyan ang peak ng traffic because iyan na ang Christmas rush na tinatawag. Lahat nag-a-apura na mamimili (The week before Christmas is the peak of traffic because of the so-called Christmas rush. Everyone is on a rush shopping),” he said.

To help ease traffic, the MMDA encourages carpooling for travel convenience.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) launched today the Oplan Byaheng Ayos to ensure that strict monitoring and security is enforced in bus terminals, seaports and airports to maintain smooth travel this holiday season.

The program remains effective until January 5, 2020.

Another EDSA U-turn slot to close Dec. 7 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Another U-turn slot along EDSA would be closed to vehicular traffic starting next week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the EDSA-Bagong Barrio U-turn slot will be closed starting December 7.

Affected motorists are advised to take the Monumento Circle as an alternative route.

The MMDA said the closure of EDSA U-turn slots is in line with the EDSA Busway project.

“Isinasara ang mga U-turn slot sa EDSA bilang bahagi ng patuloy na efforts ng MMDA para mapabilis ang biyahe ng mga commuters sa EDSA Carousel Bus Routes,” it said.

“Inaasahan ang kooperasyon at buong pag-unawa ng lahat,” it added. The MMDA began gradually closing U-turn slots along EDSA last September.

Pasig River Ferry service resumes operations – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) has resumed operations after repair works on damaged pontoons due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses were completed, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In a statement on Wednesday, the MMDA said the operational stations are Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City; Guadalupe in Makati City; Hulo in Mandaluyong City; Lambingan, Sta. Ana, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Escolta and Lawton in Manila City.

The Ferry service will operate from Monday to Saturday, from 6 am to 6 pm, the MMDA added.

“For the safety of the passengers against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 spread, the PRFS is implementing health and safety protocols, such as wearing of face shield and face mask, temperature check, and observing the physical distancing inside the ferry stations and boats,” the agency said.

“Passengers must fill up a manifest form and commuter information sheet before boarding,” it added.

The MMDA previously suspended the operations of the ferry service after pontoons or docking platforms for boats were damaged at the height of Typhoon “Ulysses” two weeks ago.

Drivers’ registration for service contracting program ends Nov. 29

Marje Pelayo   •   November 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The general registration and orientation for qualified drivers under the Service Contracting Program of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have started Wednesday (November 25).

The registration which is located at the Quezon City Memorial Circle Basketball Covered Court begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM until November 29.

The said program aims to assist public utility drivers with alternative income sources following the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the transportation sector.

The LTFRB reminds drivers who wish to join the activity to bring the following documents:

  • Original and photocopy of the Professional Driver’s License;
  • A certification signed by the operator that proves that the driver is the authorized driver of the unit declared.
  • Two pieces of a photocopy of the operator’s valid ID (front and back) with three specimen signatures of the operator.
  • Photocopy of the vehicle’s OR/CR.

The agency also reminds drivers to bring their own pen and wear a face mask and face shield when going to the site.

Interested drivers may register through the following options:

  • Register through the Google form provided in this link.
  • Personally proceed to Door D, Ground Floor, LTFRB Central Office, East Avenue, Quezon City as walk-in registrant from 9AM to 4PM, Monday to Friday; or
  • Call LTFRB’s Hotline number 1342 and provide the needed information to the duty personnel.

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