MMDA announces Pasig River Ferry service schedule this holiday season

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2020   •   348

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday (December 24) the schedule of operations of the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) in the coming days in view of the holidays.

Here is the adjusted schedule of operations of the ferry service:

  • December 25, 2020 – No operation
  • December 26, 2020 – Resumption of Operation
  • December 31, 2020 – No Operation
  • January 1, 2021 – No Operation
  • January 2, 2021 – Resumption of Normal Operation

The Pasig River Ferry System operates from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City to Intramuros in Manila with selected stations open for passengers including Pinagbuhatan and San Joaquin in Pasig City; Guadalupe in Makati City; Hulo in Mandaluyong City; and Lambingan, Sta. Ana, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Escolta and Lawton in Manila.

LIST: Lane closures in Metro Manila for MMDA traffic signalization project

Robie de Guzman   •   January 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has advised motorists to expect lane closures in some Metro Manila roads to make way for the traffic signalization project.

In an advisory released on Monday, the MMDA listed the schedule of road activities for the period January 25 to 31.

Below are the schedules of the lane closures for the following activities:

January 25 to January 31 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • Excavation and restoration on sidewalks and installation of footings and handholes at Deparo-Susano and Zapote – Camarin intersections in Caloocan City
  • Installation of Lanterns at Xavierville Ave. – E. Abada St. in Quezon City (January 27)
  • Installation of Lanterns at Blumentritt – Sto. Tomas in Manila City (January 28)
  • Installation of signal cables at M. Almeda – C. Almeda in Pateros (January 29)

January 25 to January 31 (10 p.m. to 5 a.m.)

  • Road works at Deparo-Susano intersection in Caloocan City
  • Restoration works at Deparo-Susano and Zapote – Camarin intersections in Caloocan City

Lane markings will also be conducted in the following areas:

  • Alabang-Zapote Road-Quirino Ave. (under the flyover) in Las Pinas City (from January 25 to January 27)
  • Alabang-Zapote Road-Manila Times (Mitsubishi Motors) in Las Pinas City (from January 27 up to January 29)
  • Alabang-Zapote Road- Palace (Southland) in Las Pinas City (from January 29 up to January 31)

The MMDA also said it will conduct loop activities at the following areas:

  • Alabang Palace and Concha in Las Pinas City (from January 25-January 26)
  • SM Sucat and Amvil in Las Pinas City (from January 26-January 27)
  • TESDA and Armstrong in Paranaque City (from January 27-January 28)
  • B. Morcilla – M. Almeda in Pateros (from January 29-January 30)
  • M. Almeda – C. Almeda in Pateros (from January 29-January 30)

The agency will also install poles at Xavierville Ave. – E. Abada St. in Quezon City on January 25, and Blumentritt – Sto. Tomas in Manila City on January 26.

The project involves traffic signalization of 50 new warranted intersections and integrations to the existing traffic signal control system, including installation of LED lightings in the said intersections, according to the MMDA.

MMDA to turn isolation facility to COVID-19 vaccination center

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning to convert its quarantine facility into a national COVID-19 vaccination center that will help the government on its immunization program expected to be rolled out next month.

MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos said the 800-square meter facility will be turned into COVID-19 vaccination center to help expedite the distribution and administration of the vaccines once they become available in the country.

“The MMDA quarantine facility is open for any national government agency that needs a place to efficiently roll out the anti-COVID-19 vaccination program. We are always willing to lend assistance to stop the transmission of disease at the soonest time possible so we can go back to normal again,” Abalos said in a statement.

The MMDA in May 2020 established the isolation facility to serve as temporary holding area for its own employees who need to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine in accordance with the Department of Health’s protocols.

Located in the agency’s headquarters in Makati, the facility is air-conditioned and fully equipped with shower rooms, comfort rooms and lavatories, and Wi-Fi connection.

The MMDA chief also offered to assist Metro Manila local government units on vaccine logistics and equipment for quick mobility across the National Capital Region.

Meanwhile, Abalos also revealed the agency’s plan for all its employees to undergo monthly RT-PCR swab test to ensure their health and safety.

“Our personnel’s welfare is our topmost priority. We need to make sure that they are safe from the dangers of COVID-19. This is one of our ways to help the national government in curbing the spread of the disease.”

The MMDA announced last year it has allotted P20 million for vaccine procurement for its entire workforce. Each employee can also nominate one member of their family to receive vaccination.

MMDA mulls conversion of quarantine facility into national vaccination center

Marje Pelayo   •   January 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning to offer its own quarantine facility to the government to become a national COVID-19 vaccination center, the agency reported on Friday (January 22).

The isolation facility, located at the agency’s headquarters in Makati, was established last May 2020 for MMDA employees who need to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

MMDA said that the conversion of the 800 square meter facility will help the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to expedite the distribution and administration of the vaccines as it plans to roll out the inoculation program next month.

“The MMDA quarantine facility is open for any national government agency that needs a place to efficiently roll out the anti-COVID-19 vaccination program,” said MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos.

“We are always willing to lend assistance to stop the transmission of disease at the soonest time possible so we can go back to normal again,” he added.

Abalos also shared his plan to have all the agency’s employees undergo a monthly RT-PCR swab test to ensure their health and safety.

“Our personnel’s welfare is our topmost priority. We need to make sure that they are safe from the dangers of COVID-19. This is one of our ways to help the national government in curbing the spread of the disease,” Abalos said. MNP / Raymund David

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