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

Marje Pelayo   •   October 26, 2020   •   736

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 launches bayanihan to fight urban decay

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has launched a bayanihan program to fight urban decay.

The MMDA launched Metro Bayanihan which aims to intensify sidewalk clearing operations, cleaning of waterways, anti-littering, and anti-dengue drive to promote general cleanliness of Metro Manila and the well-being of its residents.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the agency is closely coordinating with the local government units in Metro Manila to make sure that the clean-up can cover all barangays in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The said program aims to mitigate flooding, dengue, leptospirosis, and water-borne diseases especially at the beginning of the rainy season.

“Garbage-laden waterways are oftentimes breeding grounds of mosquitoes and other insects which can cause diseases. We are stepping up our efforts to make sure that these problems won’t add up to the burdens brought by this pandemic,” he said.

The MMDA will also conduct misting and fogging operations to eliminate possible breeding areas and kill dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Abalos also appealed to the public to participate in the campaign to eradicate trash, diseases and encourage sustainable healthy urban living.

“During these times, we’ve seen how important a clean surrounding is, and we want every barangay to do their part in making Metro Manila clean, orderly, healthy, and more livable,” he said. -AAC

MMDA not likely to reimpose number coding scheme in NCR

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is mulling over reimplementing the number coding scheme in the National Capital Region (NCR) under the new normal setting.

MMDA EDSA traffic czar Edison Nebrija said the said traffic management program was only adopted to reduce the increasing volume of vehicles traversing Metro Manila.

“Such car restriction policy may not be suited anymore at this time kasi nga magkakaroon ng revenge spending ang mga tao dahil hindi nakakabiyahe. Wala nang masyadong kain sa labas, so andaming natitipid na pera. Baka mamaya, kung ibalik natin ang number coding bumili lang ng sasakyan,” he said.

(People will have reverse spending because they have not gone out for a while. They don’t eat out as much, so they were able to save money. If we reimplement the number coding, they might just buy new cars.)

To replace the number coding scheme, the agency is looking into the implementation of an incentive-type of policy.

Nebrija said the number of vehicles plying along EDSA decreased since the implementation of quarantine restrictions.

The official added that the heavy traffic that motorists still experience during rush hour is only because of the “road diet” due to the EDSA busway and bike lane.

Meanwhile, the agency has reimposed the truck ban along EDSA. (With reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

MMDA to re-impose ban on light trucks along EDSA beginning May 24

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will re-impose a ban on light trucks along EDSA and Shaw Boulevard starting May 24.

In a statement, the MMDA said trucks which have a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kilogram and below are prohibited to traverse along EDSA from Magallanes, Makati City until North Avenue, Quezon City, both northbound and southbound, from 5:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, the said trucks will be prohibited to traverse along Shaw Boulevard (Mandaluyong City and Pasig City) from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

“The uniform light trucks ban shall be enforced from Monday to Saturday except Sundays and holidays,” the MMDA said.

Violators of the said truck ban, will face a fine of P2,000. AAC

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