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MMDA suspends number coding for provincial bus on May 10, 14

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The number coding scheme for provincial buses will be lifted on Friday (May 10) and Tuesday (May 14), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Wednesday.

In an advisory , the MMDA said the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number coding scheme will be suspended on the said dates to ease travel for voters travelling to their respective provinces for the midterm elections on Monday, May 13.

“The UVVRP suspension is to ensure that there will be enough public utility vehicles to ferry commuters who are going to vote in the provinces,” the MMDA added.

The number coding scheme for all public utility vehicles and private vehicles is automatically lifted on weekends, May 11 and 12 and on Election Day. 

The UVVRP will resume on Wednesday, May 15.

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MMDA chairman supports hazard pay for traffic enforcers

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim said he supports the implementation of hazard pay for traffic enforcers.

Lim added the department is already providing medicines and insurance but that does not cover casual and job order traffic enforcers. He welcomes the provision of hazard pay.

“Welcome na welcome po iyan. We have made some moves before para mag-request ng hazard pay, 18 years na. Every year naman gumagawa tayo ng recommendations para maayos yan, (That is very welcome. We have made some moves before to request hazard pay, for 18 years. We make recommendations every year to sort it out),” he said.

According to a study headed by scientist Emmanuel Baja, MMDA traffic enforcers face health risks which include high blood pressure and other heart and lung complications.

Researchers found lead, a toxic chemical, in the blood of 158 MMDA personnel assigned to EDSA from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Currently, the traffic enforcers don’t have any kind of hazard pay as part of their salary. This evidenced-based research could help them ask for certain compensation from the Department of Budget and Management and local government units,” according to Baja.

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PNP to implement number coding scheme in Camp Crame starting Monday

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

PNP – Headquarters in Camp Crame

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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MMDA to inspect school perimeters for e-cigarettes, tobacco products

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

A man uses an E-cigarette, an electronic substitute in the form of a rod, slightly longer than a normal cigarette, in this March 5, 2013 file illustration picture taken in Paris. CREDIT: REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/FILES

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that it will check the 100-meter perimeter of public and private schools for establishments that sell, advertise and promote e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The MMDA said violators will receive verbal warnings if they are found smoking within the said distance from the schools.

The initiative is part of the agency’s preparations for the opening of the school year 2019 to 2020 in June.

It also aims to raise awareness on tobacco control and promoting a safer and healthier environment.

“Health and sanitation, urban protection and pollution control are among the seven mandates of the MMDA. We are tasked to promote and safeguard the health and sanitation of Metropolitan Manila especially the youth who will become our future leaders,” MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said in a statement released on Tuesday.

A massive information drive will also be conducted by distributing leaflets to store owners, students, teachers, and public utility vehicle drivers containing the provisions of the law on access restriction and effects of smoking and cigarette smoke and conduct orientation on the dangers of smoking to high school students in public secondary schools.

“Our health environmental officers will be posting signage in public facilities to supplement these efforts,” Lim said.

The MMDA is also looking to enhance pedestrian lanes near the schools to protect crossing children and to increase visibility to drivers. /rrd 

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