The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced their support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s ban on vaping in public places.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim encourages the public to adhere to the President’s order. He also said that the said order aims to protect the public’s health.
“I agree with the statement of the President that vaping poses harmful effects to human health. Hence, I support the regulation of vaping for the sake of the general public,” he said.
Meanwhile, Director of the MMDA Health and Environmental Protection Office (HEPO) Dr. Loida Alzona said the MMDA’s environmental enforcers will strictly monitor the selling, advertising and promotion of cigarettes and other tobacco products within 100-meter perimeter of schools in Metro Manila.
“We will help make sure that no vape shops are established within 100-perimeter of public and private schools in the metropolis,” she said.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will push through with its plan to close the EDSA U-turn slot at General Malvar in Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City on Monday (January 11).
“The U-turn slot located along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue in General Malvar / Bagong Barrio area shall be closed to vehicular traffic effective January 11, Monday, in line with the Department of Transportation’s EDSA Busway project,” the MMDA said in an advisory released last Friday.
With the closure of the said U-turn slot, motorists from northbound going southbound are advised to take the Monumento Circle or those coming from Quezon City may also take Balintawak Cloverleaf.
Since September 2020, the MMDA has so far closed six U-turn slots to give way to the government’s Busway Project.
For this project, the innermost lane of EDSA was designated as an exclusive lane for public utility buses (PUBs) traveling from Monumento, Caloocan City to SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, and vice versa. —/mbmf
MANILA, Philippines — Former Mandaluyong City mayor Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. has been named as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), replacing former chair Danilo Lim who passed away last week.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go made the confirmation on the change in the MMDA leadership in a text message to the press on Sunday (January 10).
Go added that Abalos is expected to take his oath of office on Monday.
Malacañang has yet to make an official confirmation of Abalos’ appointment.
Abalos served as the mayor of Mandaluyong City from 1998 to 2004, and from 2007 to 2016. He also served as representative of Mandaluyong City from 2004 to 2007.
The former Mandaluyong Mayor’s father, Benjamin Sr., also served as MMDA chairman from 2001 to 2002.
The MMDA is mandated to plan, monitor, coordinate, and regulate the delivery of services in Metro Manila. —/mbmf
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