MMDA lifts number coding for Lenten break

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2019   •   2789

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended the number coding scheme from April 17 to 22 for the observance of the Lenten season.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim announced this on his Facebook post.

“Ngayong holy week, suspendido ang number coding scheme sa mga sumusunod na araw. Mag-ingat sa byahe at sana’y maging mapayapa ang inyong paggunita ng Semana Santa ngayong taon [The number coding scheme will be suspended in the following days, this week. Be safe in observing the Lenten week],” Lim said.

ADVISORY: Ngayong Holy Week, suspendido ang number coding scheme sa mga sumusunod na araw. Mag-ingat sa byahe at sana’y maging mapayapa ang inyong paggunita ng Semana Santa ngayong taon.

Posted by General Danny Lim on Sunday, 14 April 2019

According to MMDA Edsa Traffic Chief Bong Nebrija, the number coding scheme was suspended in the said dates in anticipation of the surge of travelers for this season, which is expected to begin on April 17 (Wednesday).

The MMDA will also remain on alert on April 22 (Monday) when passengers travel back to Metro Manila from their respective provinces. – Robie de Guzman

LIST: Road repairs, reblocking in Metro Manila this weekend

Robie de Guzman   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to motorists starting Friday night for the scheduled weekend road repairs and reblocking.

In an advisory, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said repair works on the following roads will begin at 11 p.m. Friday (October 12) until 5 a.m. Monday (October 14):

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA Panorama Bldg. to Bansalangin St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA after Mo. Ignacio (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA fronting BRIO Tower (3rd, 4th, and outer lane)
  • EDSA front of Camp Crame Gate (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA Annapolis St. going to V.V Soliven (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • G. Araneta from T. Arguelles to Bayanin (1st lane from sidewalk)

EASTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway before Belfast Road (outer lane)
  • General Luis St. Rebisco Road to SB Road
  • Elliptical Road after Maharlika (6th lane from outer sidewalk)

WESTBOUND

  • Novaliches General Luis St. Samote St. to SB Road


NORTHBOUND:

  • Bonifacio Ave. Sgt. Rivera to J. Pineda (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Ave./C-5 after C.P Garcia St. (truck lane)
  • EDSA Quezon City after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from sidewalk)


The MMDA advised affected motorists to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.

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MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago sues 3 Facebook page administrators for cyberlibel

Freema Gloria   •   October 9, 2019

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago has filed a complaint before the PNP Anti-cybercrime group against the administrators of three Facebook pages who allegedly have been disseminating false information about her.

In a post of Pinoy laugh page, it stated that Pialago has allegedly advised commuters to better stay at home if they were having difficulty commuting to work.

Pialago vehemently denied saying such a statement.

Aside from the said administrators, the MMDA spokesperson is also planning to hold the twitter page users responsible for spreading fake news about her.

The PNP Anti-cybercrime group is now looking into the identities of the said Facebook page administrators. —FSG (with details from April Cenedoza)

MMDA urges Metro Manila mayors to sustain road clearing ops

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has urged local chief executives of Metro Manila to continue their road clearing operations after the end of the 60-day deadline to rid public roads and sidewalks of obstructions as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim made the call when he presided over the Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting in Makati on Thursday (Oct. 3). The MMC is the governing arm and policy-making body of the MMDA.

Lim lauded the efforts of the Metro Manila mayors in clearing the streets of obstructions, but noted that sustaining the operations is the “greater challenge of the campaign.”

“Our work is not yet finished. This is a continuing project. We have to maintain and sustain our clearing operations amid the increasing number of vehicles that worsen traffic in Metro Manila,” Lim said.

Lim cited that in the past 10 years, the number of registered vehicles in Metro Manila has almost doubled while its road network has only increased by seven percent.

He added that at least 900 vehicles are being added to the average daily volume of vehicular traffic along EDSA and major thoroughfares in the metropolis.

“This is the problem which Metro Manila is facing. Cars are multiplying but the road capacity has barely changed. Infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program are underway,” the MMDA chief said.

“While waiting for the completion of the infrastructure projects, let us maintain what we have started. This is the greater challenge of the campaign. There is no overnight solution to address our traffic problems,” he added.

Majority of the obstructions cleared in Metro Manila during the 60-day deadline were illegally-parked vehicles and sidewalk vendors as well as structures like barangay and police outposts.

In line with this, council members have agreed to institutionalize the clearing of obstructions through a resolution to be adopted by 17 local government units in Metro Manila.

The agency also reiterated that barangay officials play a major role in keeping roads clear of obstructions.

“It is the responsibility of the barangay chairmen to maintain cleared roads,” MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said.

The MMDA also assured it is ready to assist local governments in clearing public roads.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier said it is now completing its validation report on the performance and compliance of local government units to the road clearing order.

The results of its assessment may be released next week.

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