MMDA tells public: Prepare for 4 a.m. Metro-wide quake Drill on July 27

Robie de Guzman   •   July 26, 2019   •   2562

Volunteers and rescuers portray an earthquake scenario in handling injured citizens for the 2nd Metro Manila Shake Drill at the Guadalupe Bridge, Guadalupe, Makati City, Philippines on June 22, 2016. (Prince Maverick Marquez/PVI)

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has called on the public to join and prepare for the fifth Metro Manila Shake Drill slated on Saturday, July 27.

The metro-wide earthquake drill will take place during the early hours of Saturday, starting at 4 a.m., to be signaled by the sound of sirens and alarms.

Mobile phone alerts will also be sent by telecommunication companies and the Department of Communications Technology to signal the start of the simulation.

“(MMDA) Chairman (Danilo) Lim asked the concerned agencies to provide their broadcast/push messaging service for mobile device users as well as via emergency cell broadcast before the start of the actual drill,” said Michael Salalima, chief of staff of the MMDA Office of the General Manager and Focal for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.

The MMDA called on the public to perform the “drop, cover and hold” exercise when alarms are heard.

The agency also urged government and private organizations to inform the public of the drill and its conduct, as well as participate in the exercise to test their preparedness, contingency and continuity plans in the event of a major earthquake hitting Metro Manila.

“This will not be a question of whether how many participated.  The very measure of a successful staging of this shake drill is how the people understood its importance,” said Salalima.

He added that during the drill, critical scenarios such as evacuation, fire control and emergency medical response will be simulated to see how rescue teams will respond to such challenges.

“After the drill, we shall identify strengths and weaknesses, gaps and interventions to plug flaws and improve plans with the help of evaluators,” said Salalima.

Salalima is confident that many would participate in the early morning drill.

“No one can predict when an earthquake would happen but the chances of survival are better when people are prepared and know what to do when a strong tremor happens,” he said.  

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.

Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong closed to traffic on February 8

Robie de Guzman   •   February 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong will be closed to vehicular traffic at 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Friday.

In an advisory, the MMDA said this is to give way to the movement of the equipment, including barges and cranes, downstream by the contractor for the Skyway Stage 3 project.

The agency advised affected motorists to expect traffic slow down and to take alternate routes.

The bridge, which connects the cities of Mandaluyong and San Juan, will reopen on Sunday, February 9 at 5 a.m.

‘Take alternate routes’: MMDA starts 10-month routine road repairs

Marje Pelayo   •   January 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday advised motorists to take alternate roads during routine repair works which will run for 10 months.

According to the agency’s released schedule. road re-blocking will be implemented in various cities in Metro Manila starting 11 p.m. of January 29 to January 31.

Details are as follows:

A. Location: Along C5, Ortigas flyover

Nature of Work: Proposed Rehabilitation / Major Repair of C5 Ortigas Flyover

Duration: 11pm to 5am on weekdays of January 31, 2020 – July 28, 2020 (180 days) *except weekends and holidays

B. Location: Along EDSA North Bound, near corner Taft Ave., Pasay City

Nature of Work: Proposed Temporary use of one (1) lane for Deliveries of Material/Concrete Pouring

Duration: 11pm to 5am of January 29, 2020 – February 4, 2020 (7 days)

C. Location: Along EDSA South Bound infront of AMA Towers Residences Building Mandaluyong City

Nature of Work: Proposed Removal / Dismantling of Existing Steel Safety Canopy (Wire Mesh)

Duration: 11pm to 5am of January 29, 2020 – February 4, 2020 (7 Days)

D. Location: Oroquieta Street C164.50 to C439.80 (SO2422LZ) Sampaloc Manila

Nature of Work: Proposed Rehabilitation of Oroquieta Street including drainage

Duration: reblocking shall commence at 11pm on all Fridays of January 31, 2020 – October 26, 2020 (270 days) and shall be opened to traffic by 5am on Mondays

E. Location: R. Magsaysay Blvd. and R. Magsaysay Service Road (C 712.00 to 1097.00 and C783.00 to 1077)

Nature of Work: Proposed Rehabilitation of R. Magsaysay Blvd. and R. Magsaysay Service Road including drainage system

Duration: reblocking shall commence at 11pm on all Fridays of January 29, 2020 – June 26, 2020 (150 days) and shall be opened to traffic by 5am on Mondays

“Motorists are advised to take alternate routes instead,” the MMDA advised the public.

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