MMDA officer carries sick child to hospital amid traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2020   •   387

Mit Javellana and her family were on their way to the hospital. Her son, Earl, was having chills due to high fever and was in need of medical attention.

But their car was not moving due to the severe traffic and they had no choice but to forcefully make their way through just to get to the hospital.

An MMDA officer, Jeremi Lukban, noticed and approached them.

“Nung malaman niyang papuntang ER, nag-offer siya na buhatin si Earl at naglakad na lang pa-ospital (When he learned that we are going to the ER, he offered to carry Earl and walked to the hospital),” Mit said in her Facebook post.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim lauded Lukban’s action and reminded the public to never hesitate to ask the MMDA for any assistance.

“Lagi tayong handang tumulong sa ating mga kababayan (We are always ready to help our fellowmen),” he said in his Facebook post.—AAC

MMDA: Motorcycle accidents increased to over 31,000 in 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 28, 2020

Motorcycle accidents in Metro Manila increased to over 31,000 in 2019, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Based on the Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System, there were 31,279 motorcycle-related road crashes in 2019. That is an average of 86 cases per day.

The recent record is higher compared to the 26,652 motorcycle-related accidents in 2018.

“May 212 katao ang nasawi habang 14,341 ang nasugatan na binubuo ng rider, pasahero at tumatawid, (There are 212 who died while 14,341 were injured riders, passengers and pedestrians)” the MMDA said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Traffic Engineering Center (MMDA-TEC) – Road Safety Unit recorded a total of 121,771 road crashes in the Metro Manila last 2019.

Most of the road accidents occurred on EDSA with 17,382 reported accidents, followed by C5 with 8,735 and Commonwealth Avenue with 4,998.—AAC

MMDA closes 2 southbound lanes of EDSA-Balintawak; heavy traffic seen

Maris Federez   •   February 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has effected the closure of two southbound lanes of EDSA in Balintawak, Quezon City.

This is to give way to the construction of the Skyway Stage 3 Project – an elevated 14.82-kilometer expressway that stretches from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak.

The project contractor on Monday (February 24) started installing the girder in the area that will serve as the foundation for the portion of the skyway.

This caused a heavy traffic build-up to early morning southbound motorists and commuters from Balintawak to Monumento area in Caloocan City.

MMDA EDSA Traffic chief Edison Bong Nebrija said they expect this scenario to take place as about 40 percent of the area will be occupied by the project.

“Traffic talaga mabigat. Na-foresee na namin yan even before the start. Ang problema kasi talaga diyan sa EDSA Balintawak na yan. Wala ka naman talagang alternate route. Malayo,” Nebrija added.

The heavy equipment that will be used in the project is also seen to cause traffic congestion in the area.

The MMDA said operation of the heavy equipment may start from 11 o’clock in the evening to 4:00 o’clock in the morning.

The agency, however, warns the project contractor that they will be meted out penalties if any of the heavy equipment will be seen outside of the designated area during rush hour.

“Walang maiiwang equipment outside the area that we have given them. Halimbawa may crane na silang nakalagay sa two lanes ngayon. Baka magkaroon sila ng additional equipment in building that crane. Ang sa amin lang maalis nila yan during rush hours 2 lanes lang tayo,” Nebrija said.

The said lanes will be closed for 20 days while authorities are still ascertaining the date when road closure will be implemented for the EDSA northbound lanes.

The MMDA advises motorists to look for alternative routes or plan their trip ahead to avoid the heavy traffic.

Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:

  1. Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento may take the Balintawak Interchange Ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.
  2. Light vehicles going to Novaliches and NLEX may take zipper lane at the left immediately before the construction site towards destination.
  3. Light vehicles from NLEX (going to Manila/Caloocan) may take the Balintawak Interchange Ramp going to Monumento via EDSA then left to A. De Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination. — (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

MMDA to implement traffic adjustments in Alabang, EDSA Balintawak starting Feb. 14

Robie de Guzman   •   February 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will implement traffic adjustments and traffic rerouting starting February 14, Friday in areas along Alabang in Muntinlupa City and Balintawak in Quezon City to give way to the ongoing construction of Skyway Extension and Skyway Stage 3 projects.

In an advisory, the MMDA said that beginning 11 p.m. Friday, one lane closure will be implemented on EDSA Balintawak Northbound towards North Luzon Expressway to give way to the erection of vertical bridge support under the EDSA Bridge as part of the Skyway Stage 3 project.

Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento are advised take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.

Meanwhile, two lanes will be closed on EDSA Balintawak going to Cubao on Sunday, February 16 for the erection of interconnection flatform tower on top of EDSA Bridge.

Light vehicles coming from Monumento via EDSA before reaching Balintawak may turn right to A. de Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.

The MMDA said the lane closures will be until March 5.

The agency also announced that starting 6 a.m. of February 16, one-way traffic scheme for southbound vehicles will be implemented in West Service Road of South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) from Alabang Hills to Alabang Zapote Road to give way to the construction of Skyway Extension from Hillsborough to Filinvest Exit.

Skyway-Hillsborough off-ramp will be closed to traffic, and Class 2 vehicles such as buses and delivery vans from Magallanes to Alabang are not allowed along the elevated Skyway.

One-way traffic will also be implemented on Northbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., daily.

The MMDA said the same traffic scheme will also be implemented along Skyway from Sucat Interchange to Alabang-Zapote Road and on Southbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp daily from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. of the following day.

The agency said the construction will last for three months.

Affected vehicles northbound are advised to take the Alabang via-duct at grade level.

Further, girders will also be launched along A. Bonifacio where one lane going to NLEX will remain passable and two lanes for those going to Manila for eight nights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on February 22 to 29.

Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:

1.     Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento may take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.

2.     Light vehicles going to Novaliches and NLEX may take zipper lane at the left immediately before the construction site towards destination.

3.     Light vehicles from NLEX (going to Manila/Caloocan) may take the Balintawak Interchange Ramp going to Monumento via EDSA then left to A. De Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.


The MMDA said the construction will last for 21 days or until March 5.

The Skyway Stage 3 is a 14.8-kilometer elevated tollway project which connects Skyway/SLEX Buendia to NLEX Balintawak while the Skyway Extension project extends the existing toll road to Susana Heights/Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway.

Both the Skyway Stage 3 and Skyway Extension Projects are part of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

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