MMDA closes 14 U-turn slots on EDSA starting September 28

Marje Pelayo   •   September 28, 2020   •   261

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced the closure of 14 U-turn slots along EDSA beginning Monday (September 28).

The closure of U-turn slots will allow undisrupted operations of the EDSA Busway system between Monumento in Caloocan City and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

This will cause, however, a heavy flow of traffic particularly in designated alternative routes, said MMDA EDSA traffic czar Edison Nebrija.

The agency is asking for the understanding and patience of commuters and motorists who will be affected by the new policy.

Nebrija assured, however, that they will do their best to ease the situation in Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare.

Specifically, the 14 U-turn slots to be closed beginning today are:

  • General Tinio
  • De Jesus Street / 8th stret left turning
  • General Malvar
  • Balintawak Market
  • Kaingin Road (in front of Nissan)
  • Congressional LRT Station
  • In front of PANORAMA
  • Corregidor intersection/Bansalangin
  • In front of Quezon City Academy
  • North Avenue (MRT-North Avenue)
  • Santolan/Boni Serrano (in front of Camp Crame)
  • Buendia (under the Kalayaan Flyover)
  • P. Celle
  • In front of Heritage Hotel (near Roxas Boulevard)

Meanwhile, here are the alternative routes assigned by MMDA:

  • Monumento Circle
  • Balintawak Cloverleaf
  • Quezon Avenue (under the flyover)
  • Boni Serrano (under Santolan Flyover)
  • Guadalupe
  • EDSA-Ayala Avenue Intersection
  • Magallanes (under the flyover)
  • Mall of Asia (MOA) Circle

There is no schedule yet as to when the rest of the EDSA U-turn slots will be closed.

Ang problema kasi namin, we’re also dependent on the availability of barriers. When will it come and when will it be laid down there,” he said.

“Sa ngayon, there’s no fixed deadline on this but rather we’re working on a timeline na sana matapos namin ito before the year ends,” he said. MNP (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

MMDA closes U-turn slot on EDSA-Muñoz starting Oct. 26

Marje Pelayo   •   October 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is closing the U-turn slot near Panorama Building and Waltermart on EDSA-Muñoz starting Monday (October 26).

The closure is in line with the EDSA busway project that aims to provide faster mobility for the riding public, the agency said in an advisory.

Affected motorists are advised to take the Quezon Avenue Service Road U-turn slot (northbound) or Dario Bridge U-turn slot (southbound) as alternate route.

The agency planned to close all U-turn slots along EDSA to designate the inner lane for the smooth operation of the EDSA Busway project. 

The agency had already closed two U-turn slots situated on North Avenue near Trinoma Shopping Mall and the one in front of Quezon City Academy.

Aside from the earlier announced U-turn slots, the MMDA also plans to close other U-turn slots namely: De Jesus, Gen. Tinio, Malvar, and Biglang-Awa in Caloocan City; Balintawak, Kaingin, Landers, Dario Bridge, Walter Mart, Timog, and Santolan in Quezon City.

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MMDA spox Pialago says sorry but stands by post on detained activist Nacino

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2020

MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago

MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Celine Pialago on Monday apologized to detained activist Reina Mae Nacino for her controversial remark about her plight and her late infant, Baby River.

Pialago drew flak over the weekend for her social media post where she urged the public to know Nacino’s story first before sympathizing with her.

In her post on Sunday, Pialago criticized Nacino’s supporters, whom she said are turning her grief and plight into a “drama serye.”

Nacino, an urban poor organizer facing charges of illegal possession of explosives and firearms, was only allowed by the court a few hours to attend the wake and burial of her three-month old infant.

Baby River died of pneumonia last Oct 9 while Reina Mae remained in detention. The infant was buried on Friday at the Manila North Cemetery, with critics blasting the strong presence of police and jail guards escorting Nacino.

Pialago apologized to those who thought her comment was insensitive to the plight of mothers who lost their child, but stressed she won’t take back her “drama serye” remark.

“When I posted drama serye, I didn’t mean na tratuhing drama yung hinagpis ni Reina it’s not that… I never meant na dapat hindi sya maghinagpis bilang isang ina. Nawalan rin ako ng mga mahal ko sa buhay, I know the feeling wag nating ilipat dun sa context na yun,” she said in an interview.

“Ang dating kasi nung iba dun sa sinabi kong drama serye wala na siyang karapatang maghinagpis kasi political prisoner siya. Ang dating wala na siyang karapatang bumisita eh binigyan nga sya ng furlough eh… nakikidalamhati kami sayo sa aspeto na yan dahil wala nang sasakit pa sa mamatayan ng anak,” she added.

She said she did not mean to attack Nacino’s grief with the loss of her baby when she used the term.

She also emphasized that the “drama serye” she was referring to were people who were “capitalizing” on Nacino’s situation to gain sympathy from the public and turn them against the government.

“Stop thinking doon sa mga hindi nakakaintindi. Stop thinking na I’m insensitive enough for them. Pero please, sana naman… Salamat doon sa mga nakakaintindi na ang pinupunto nung drama serye huwag palakihin, wag gamitin yung unfortunate situation para lang ma-highlight na mapang-api ang gobyerno,” she said.

Pialago also stressed that her comment is her own and not part of her role as MMDA’s spokesperson.

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia echoed Pialago’s statement and assured that her opinion does not reflect the agency’s stand on the issue.

“Nagsalita siya at her own capacity, it’s not the stand of MMDA. Kung may personal opinion siya, it’s her right to say that,” Garcia said.

“I think Asec. Celine is responsible enough to handle yung ganitong klase ng mga situation,” he added.

Malacañang, meanwhile, refused to comment and would rather let Pialago handle the issue.

“Tingin ko po personal na opinion niya yan, hindi naman po kasi related sa MMDA yang issue, so hayaan po natin na magkaroon ng personal na opinion si Spokesperson Pialago,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Nacino and two others were arrested in Tondo, Manila in November 2019 for alleged illegal possession of firearms and explosives. She was one month pregnant at the time of her arrest.

She gave birth last July and was ordered separated from her baby in August despite her pleadings filed before Manila Regional Trial Court. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Overgrowth of water lilies suspends Pasig River ferry system

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Tuesday (October 6) the temporary suspension of the Pasig River Ferry System due to overgrowth of water lilies and other aquatic plants that clog the river.

In a message to reporters, MMDA chief information officer Sharon Gentalian said the operations of the Pasig River Ferry System will remain suspended “until further notice.”

The overgrowth of water hyacinth has long been a problem affecting the overall operation of the ferry system as they clog the river especially during the rainy season blocking the way of barges and other vessels. 

Authorities say the water plants entangle the ferry’s propeller apart from pieces of trash already floating on the river, preventing boats from traveling at normal speed.

The MMDA revived the Pasig River system in April 2014 under then MMDA chair now Senator Francis Tolentino to decongest major roads in Metro Manila.


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