MMDA readies convoy simulation for SEA Games; advises public to expect heavy traffic

Maris Federez   •   November 14, 2019   •   836

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will conduct a simulation of traffic in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) that the Philippines will host on November 30.

The MMDA warns motorists and the riding public to expect heavy traffic and inconvenience.

The simulation of the supposed convoy of athletes and delegates of the SEA Games will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon on Thursday (November 14).

From the different hotels in Tagaytay, Pasay, Manila, Subic, and Clark in Pampanga, the convoy will pass through EDSA, other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, and the North Luzon Expressway until it reaches the venue for the opening of the SEA Games in Bulacan.

Affected areas are the northbound lanes of EDSA, as well as on Mindanao Avenue, North Avenue, Quirino Highway, Taft Avenue, Magallanes, and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

MMDA spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago said they will implement the Stop and GO Scheme in the affected thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

“Asahan po natin na magkakaroon ng traffic build up. May konting pagtigil sa regular na pagdaloy ng trapiko kasi di naman natin pwedeng itigil yung traffic kapag nandiyan na yung convoy eh. Centralized yung command. At least kapag malapit na ititigil mo na so magtataka yung mga kababayan natin bakit kami tinitigil? So ibig sabihin po nun may paparating pong convoy pero paglagpas po nung convoy rest assured back to normal na po yung traffic,” Pialago said.

The convoy will pass through the yellow lanes on EDSA as the MMDA has not assigned any special lane for that purpose.

There will also be no street that will be closed for the simulation of the convoy.

Meanwhile, the MMDA said the rehearsal for the SEA Games will also be held on November 26, and this is seen to also cause heavy traffic.

Aside from the convoy of athletes and delegates, the MMDA will also be preparing for the arrival and departure of visitors who will watch the SEA Games.

“Mabigat po talaga ang magiging sitwasyon ng daloy sa NLEX. Kaya nga pati po yung mga truckers association pinakiusapan po natin na agahan ang business. Ang pakiusap natin sa kanila, 11 in the morning hanggang 6 in the evening wag na muna silang dumaan sa NLEX kasi inaasahan natin as early as 1 may mga atleta na magre-rehearse, may mga maaga nang pupunta sa Philippine Arena,” Pialago added.

The MMDA will also conduct simulation of traffic in going back from the venue to the hotels where the athletes, delegates and visitors who will watch the SEA Games will be billeted. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

MMDA, mall operators to discuss extension of mall hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and mall operators will discuss extending mall hours in preparation for the holiday season.

In a media briefing, MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos said the extension of mall hours will help avoid the influx of shoppers during rush hours. The MMDA will also discuss conducting sales only on weekends to avoid traffic congestion.

Para ang pasok hindi sabay-sabay, hanggang mga alas dyes ng gabi o maski midnight pa mas maganda ([We can extend it] up to 10:00 p.m. or even midnight to prevent customers from flocking to the malls en-masse),” he said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has placed the National Capital Region (NCR) under Alert Level 3 after recording a decline in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. AAC

Hanoi SEA Games set for mid-May 2022 — POC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) will be held in mid-May 2022, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino.

Tolentino confirmed the schedule on Monday (October 18) after officials from 11 member nations convened online. Vietnam will host the upcoming SEAG and has also agreed with the said schedule.

“The Vietnamese organizers will confirm the specific dates soon,” he said.

The Hanoi SEA Games was originally scheduled from November 21 to December 2 in 2021 but was postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Around 40 sports will be played during the 31st SEAG, with a total of 250 events.

The Philippine team will be participating in 39 sports. –AAC

Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane reopened to address heavy traffic

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2021

The Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane reopened on Monday to ease heavy traffic along Commonwealth Avenue going to Philcoa and Elliptical Road, the Quezon City government said.

In an advisory, the city government said that the zipper lane will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Monday to Friday to vehicles bound for the University of the Philippines, C.P. Garcia Avenue, and Katipunan Avenue.

“Bilang tugon sa bumibigat na daloy ng trapiko tuwing umaga sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth Avenue patungong Philcoa at Elliptical Road, muling bubuksan ng Pamahalaang Lungsod Quezon, sa tulong ng MMDA at EEI, ang Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane,” it said.

The zipper lane will start at UP Techno-Hub slot and end at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and University Avenue by the entrance to the UP Campus.

“Magsisilbi itong ‘by-pass’ para sa mga bumabaybay ng Commonwealth Avenue na nais magtungong UP, C.P. Garcia Avenue, at Katipunan Avenue, upang maiwasan ang Philcoa at Elliptical Road,” the city government said.

“Para sa mga nais gumamit ng Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane, at sa iba pang apektadong motorista, sundan po natin ang mga Traffic Enforcers ng Quezon City Task Force on Transport and Traffic Management, at ang mga ilalatag na Road Safety Signages,” it added.

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