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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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HPG to make a come back on EDSA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018

A member of the  Highway Patrol Group


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) is now preparing for their come back on major thoroughfares on EDSA.

According to HPG Director PCSupt. Roberto Fajardo, they are now coordinating with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Edgar Galvante for their return in manning the traffic situation on one of the busiest highways in Metro Manila.

Fajardo noted that the number of vehicles plying the roads of EDSA has now doubled its capacity of 140,000. EDSA is now holding over 360,000 vehicles every day.

According to a study conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA,) the country’s economy is losing up to P2.4 billion a day due to heavy traffic.

This is the reason why Fajardo wants to assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing traffic situation in EDSA and to help in the strict enforcement of traffic regulations as well as in apprehension of offenders.

“Ang HPG ay may coordination sa LTO sa violations sa mga sasakyan, traffic. I reported to Asec. Galvante, nag-usap kami. Talagang kailangan namin iyong deputization para makatulong kami to ease up the traffic. Pati iyong mga nababangga, we will see to it na parehas naming titiketan yun to serve as a lesson na pag nabangga ka ibig sabihin ay reckless ka,” Fajardo said.

(The HPG has coordination with LTO when it comes to traffic violations. I reported to Asec. Galvante and we had a talk. We really need deputization to help ease up traffic. In car accidents,  we will see to it that both parties get a ticket to serve as a lesson on reckless driving.)

Fajardo added that they will select the most able men to be deployed on EDSA who will undergo training.

“We will conduct first seminar, may exam pa yun. Di basta basta i-issue yung deputization ng LTO. You have to undergo seminar,” said Fajardo.

(We will conduct a seminar first  and then give an exam. We won’t just issue an LTO deputization. You have to undergo seminar.)

Fajardo, meanwhile, warned dismissal against HPG personnel involved in extortion and abuse of motorists. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

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MMDA clears sidewalk along Col. Bonny Serrano avenue in QC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

MMDA personnel dismantling structures that block the sidewalk


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) launched clearing operations along Santolan-Bonny Serrano Avenue in Quezon City Wednesday, May 16.

Authorities towed illegally parked vehicles, dismantled chain blocks, dog cages and structures encroaching on the sidewalks that were supposedly for pedestrians.

The operation was led by Task Force Bravo which was created amid the growing number of complaints over road blockages in the area that cause traffic congestion. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue


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MMDA braces for ADB annual meeting of bank governors, finance ministers

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018


Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is gearing up for the conduct of the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting starting on Thursday, May 3, at Ortigas Business District in Pasig City.

In line with this, MMDA will set up a special lane from Saint Francis to Bank Drive-in Ortigas which will open on May 5.

Also, MMDA will implement the stop-and-go scheme on some intersections from EDSA Shangri-La up to the ADB office from May 3 to 6.

In view of Thursday’s event,  motorists are advised to, as much as possible, avoid the area and take alternative routes.

“Ibig sabihin iba-barricade po namin yan para diyan po dadaan yung mga delegates coming from shangrila going to adB, hindi po ito total closure ibig sabihin pag naka daan na lahat ng governors natin nasa meeting na sila bubuksan po namin ito,” said Edison Nebrija, operations supervisor of MMDA.

Around 1,400 MMDA traffic personnel will be deployed to manage the flow of traffic.

Since Monday, delegates have started to arrive in the country. MMDA personnel, as well as members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), are already in position to man the security in the area.

“Para sa bayan ito. Makipagtulungan po tayo. Kailangan namin ng kooperasyon konting sakripisyo. Kailangan po nating mag adjust ng travel time natin. Medyo maapektuhan po yung normal routine natin on these days,” Nebrija said.

Around 4,000 delegates from different countries composed of finance and development ministers and central bank governors are expected to attend the said meeting.

The event aims to tackle various ideas and policies that will help in the growth of the global economy. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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