MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reminds motorists that the number coding scheme is lifted for Monday (August 12) which is a regular holiday in commemoration of the Muslim community’s Eid’l Adha.
“The Number Coding scheme is lifted for Monday, August 12, 2019,” the MMDA said on its official Twitter account.
Thus, vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 will be allowed on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila throughout Monday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Since Friday last week, the traffic situation along EDSA has gone from bad to worse.
Commuters and motorists alike are blaming the Metropolitan Manila Development Authorities (MMDA) for its strict implementation of the yellow lane policy.
The MMDA, however, countered that the agency is only clearing out the lanes from undisciplined bus drivers who would haphazardly stop along EDSA to take in passengers.
MMDA said this practice would cause congestion as what happened last Monday (August 5).
Despite the measure taken by the MMDA, it earned criticism on social media, branding the agency as anti-commuter.
MMDA traffic czar Col. Edison “Bong” Nebrija said yellow lanes on EDSA would never be congested if only motorists will learn how to give way to each other.
The MMDA pointed out that the lack of discipline of motorists, particularly city bus drivers, causes traffic congestion along Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.
“Discipline. Kapag tinanong mo yung bus (driver), alam mo ba yung tama? Lisensyado ka ba? Alam mo yung tama? Oo, Sir. Alam mo yung mali” Yes, Sir. Alam mong mali yung ginagawa mo? Opo. Eh bakit mo ginagawa? Traffic, Sir, eh [When you ask the bus (driver), do you know what’s right? Do you have a license? Do you know what’s right? Yes, Sir. Do you know what’s wrong? Yes, Sir. Do you know that what you’re doing is wrong? Yes. So why do you still do it? Because it’s traffic, Sir],” Nebrija cited. (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement a number coding scheme in Camp Crame starting Monday (June 3) due to limited parking space.
According to the PNP – Headquarters Support Service, vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 will not be allowed inside the police camp on Mondays, 3 and 4 on Tuesdays, 5 and 6 on Wednesdays, 7 and 8 on Thursdays, 9 and 0 on Fridays.
The coding scheme will be effective from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Chief of the Operations and Management Division of the PNP – Headquarters Support Service, Lt. Col. Ruben Andiso said Camp Crame has over 2,000 parking slots but more than 5,000 enter the police camp every day.
“Please be informed that the headquarters support service will be implementing unified vehicular volume reduction program o the number coding scheme within Camp BGen. Rafael Crame effective June 3, 2019,” he said.
Vehicles that will be exempted from the number coding scheme are police vehicles assigned in the National Headquarters, marked vehicles of PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), vehicles with government plates, foreign diplomats, vehicles with officer’s row stickers and marked vehicle of MMDA.—(with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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