MMDA all geared up for annual Traslacion

admin   •   January 7, 2019   •   2620

FILE PHOTO: Devotees at Traslacion

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday (January 6) began the deployment of personnel to the Quirino Grandstand in Ermita, Manila in anticipation of the of the annual Trasclacion on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

The MMDA initially deployed 350 personnel particularly from the Western Traffic Enforcement Division to help coordinate traffic.

The agency said 500 more MMDA personnel will be added on the day of the Traslacion to man the procession routes to ensure the safety of the attendees.

It was also announced that on Wednesday, some roads in the Quiapo area will be closed to traffic including Katigbak Drive and Padre Burgos Avenue up to a portion of Taft Avenue going to Jones Bridge.

The MMDA Metro Parkway Clearing Group will also take part in the preparation to ensure that the procession routes are free from obstructions.

The Sidewalk Clearing Group will take care of crowd control while the street sweepers are directed to promptly clean up any trash left by the devotees.

The MMDA Road Emergency Group and Public Safety Division have road emergency vehicles and ferry boats on standby for crisis situations.

The Manila City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council together with the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) will lead as the first emergency response unit.

The MMDRRMC is expecting good weather on Wednesday and estimates attendees to reach up to 15 million. — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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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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