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    MMDA implements light truck ban today

    by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017

    PHILIPPINES — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) began implementing today the light truck ban along Edsa

    The MMDA personnel have positioned themselves early this morning on some parts of Edsa to issue violation tickets with a corresponding P2,000 fine to violators of the new traffic scheme.

    As of 10 a.m., at least 118 light trucks have been apprehended by MMDA at the north bound lane of Edsa.

    The light truck ban is effective from 6 a.m. up to 10a.m. and resumes at 5 p.m. up to 10 p.m. from Magallanes up to Edsa North Avenue. — UNTV News & Rescue

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    1. randy dorado says:

      I am willing to work as a driver here in batangas

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    Malacañang suspends classes, gov’t work due to 2-day nationwide transport strike

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Sunday, October 15th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — The transport group, Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) was undeterred by a pending complaint against their leader, George San Mateo, for violating Commonwealth Act 146 or Public Service Law that was initially filed by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for the transport strike the group held last February that affected a lot of passengers.

    On Monday, the group will begin their two-day nationwide transport strike opposing the government’s jeepney modernization program.

    To avoid inconveniencing passengers, Malacañang has suspended work in government offices and classes in all private and public schools nationwide on Monday.

    Even the Supreme Court, House of Representative and the Senate also declared work suspension.

    The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) prepared 41 buses and trucks to provide free rides. Some private buses are also on standby.

    “There are six staging areas, with government vehicles for libreng-sakay and private buses non-aircon 10, Aircon 12 will be stationed,” said LTFRB Spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada.

    Meanwhile, the MMDA also suspended the number coding scheme implementation today on all public and private vehicles. This is to give opportunity to all motorists to travel and not be inconvenienced by the transport strike.

    The LTFRB gave another warning to remove the franchise of all drivers and operators participating in the transport strike. — Mirasol Abogadil | UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    Experts oppose “One-Way Highway” plan on EDSA, C5 and Roxas Boulevard

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines —It is not possible according to University of the Philippines Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc. (UP-Planades) executive director,  Dr. Primitivo Cal, to implement a one-way highway traffic scheme along the stretch of EDSA, C5 and Roxas Boulevard.

    Dr. Cal explained that the scheme will not be effective in Metro Manila because motorists will have no alternate routes.

    “Ginagamit yung one-way system kung merong complimentary road gaya sa New York grid may 2 parallel roads na pwedeng mag opposite sila. In the case of EDSA, ano yung complimentary niya? Ano yung another road na pwede mong gawing yung isa northbound yung isa southbound? Wala di ba, so paano mo ma-implement?” said Dr. Cal.

    (Translation: The one-way system is used if there is a complimentary road like in the case of New York grid wherein there are two parallel roads that can be opposite each other. In the case of EDSA, where is its complimentary? Where is the other road that you can use for northbound while the other for southbound? There’s none right? So, how are you going to implement it?)

    For Alberto Suansing, secretary general Philippine Global Road Safety Partnership, the said proposal must be given a thorough scientific study.

    “Pwedeng tignan yun, hindi natin sinasabing hindi pwede but then, sasabayan mo yun ng malalim na pag-aaral for example yung travel pattern natin, kapag sinabi mo ang buong EDSA northbound lang e di papano yung mag southbound sa’n mo dadalhin,” said Suansing.

    (Translation: We can look at it. We’re not saying it’s not possible, but then give it a thorough study, for example, people’s travel pattern. If you say, ‘The whole of EDSA will be northbound only’ where are you going to put motorists going southbound?)

    The proposal was introduced by Samar representative and vice chair of the House Committee on Transportation Edgar Sarmiento, in order to ease traffic problems in Metro Manila, directing vehicle traffic in EDSA, C5 and Roxas Boulevard into one way only.

    Based on the proposal, all southbound or Pasay-bound vehicles coming from Caloocan will take EDSA.

    Meanwhile, northbound vehicles may take C5 Road and Roxas Boulevard.

    Motorists have mixed reactions to the proposal.

    “Hindi pwede kasi masyado malayo ang iikutan. Hindi okay kasi kung iisipin mo din sa pasahero, magagastusan siya lalo It should not be, because the route would be too far. It’s not okay, if you think about the passengers, it would be more costly for them),” said Jomar, a taxi driver.

    “Hindi advisable yung ganung opinyon..yung coding dagdagan pwede pa (It’s not advisable.  The coding scheme has a better chance)” said Ernesto Pusing, a UV driver.

    “Luluwag nga ang EDSA kung i-one-way pero pano naman ang looban? Sosobra naman ang trapik. Ganun ang mangyayari niyan kapag ginawang one-way ang EDSA, (The one-way scheme may clear EDSA, but what about the inner roads? Traffic will worsen. That’s what’s going to happen if you make EDSA one-way), ” said Floro Bohol, a Grab driver. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    Rep. Fariñas asks immunity of congressmen from minor traffic violations

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — House Majority Floor Leader Cong. Rudy Fariñas asked for consideration from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on behalf of congressmen in case of minor traffic violations, especially when they are on their way to attend House sessions.

    Fariñas explained that their job as a representative of the people is important especially when they have to put a vote on several issues.

    But Fariñas assured that once the session is over, the concerned lawmaker will report to authorities to face his or her violation.

    “Even if we commit an offense that resulted in a vehicular accident, when the lawmaker introduces himself as a congressman, do not apprehend right away because based on rules, after the session, the Speaker will surrender the lawmaker. Do not bring a congressman to a precinct right away because he cannot perform his duty and function,” said Fariñas.

    Senators and congressmen are entitled to immunity as stated in the Article 6 Section 11 of the 1987 Constitution.

    This means, lawmakers in all offenses punishable by not more than 6 years of imprisonment are privileged against arrest while the Congress is in session.

     

    The House of Representative is now strict in implementing their rules in session. Entrances into the plenary are closed by 4p.m.

    Lawmakers who fail to enter the session hall by that time will be considered absent. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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