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MMDA temporarily halts construction of MRT line 7 rail track in Quezon City

by UNTV NEWS   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has explained that the MRT-7 Project traffic management task force gave them a short notice about the construction, prompting the agency to postpone it.

“The MMDA is 100 percent in support of the governments Build, Build, Build program. The public needs it. We are just fixing what is being done,” MMDA assistant general manager, Jojo Garcia said.

The agency added that it will study first the possible impact on traffic flow of the construction of MRT-7 along North Avenue, Quezon City.

The agency noted North Avenue is too narrow unlike Commonwealth Avenue, where some parts of the MRT line seven is being constructed.

The construction will occupy one lane of the North Avenue, leaving motorists with only two lanes to use.

“This will help discuss what really the plans are, like rerouting schemes, and if they have additional inputs, and if they need enforcement, we will do it right away,” MRT-7 Traffic Management Task Force PIO, Evangeline Evangelista said.

Based on the plan of MRT-7, the construction of its first phase will begin in front of the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center and on Agham Road. The second phase will begin on a part of Agham Road and Mindanao Avenue, while the third phase will start on EDSA and Mindanao Avenue.


The MRT Line 7 is a 22-kilometer rail system that will begin on EDSA North Avenue and will end in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

The government targets to complete its construction in the first quarter of 2020. — Mon Jocson| UNTV News & Rescue

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Kadamay families evicted from Mendiola

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Eight families have been camping out in front of the Mendiola Peace Arch since October of last year.

They are members of the militant group Kadamay.

They said it was part of their effort to bring to President Rodrigo Duterte’s attention their situation after authorities demolished their homes beside the Pasig floodway without providing them a relocation site.

Earlier, these informal settlers couldn’t do anything when the city government of Manila told them to leave.

The Manila local government unit (LGU) said the move came after receiving complaints from business owners and students in the area.

“They are an obstruction to traffic, health, and sanitation.  They create land pollution here considering that they don’t have their own toilets,” Manila Police District spokesperson, PSupt. Erwin Margarejo said.

After the clearing operations, personnel of the Manila Police District, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have finally opened both sides of the Don Chino Roces Bridge.

Firefighters also cleaned up the streets previously occupied by the members and supporters of Kadamay.

The members of the militant group agreed to just stay at the reception action center of the DSWD.

The Manila City government has vowed to help the informal settlers. – Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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LTFRB readies city buses for backup amid “Tanggal Usok, Tanggal Bulok” campaign

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic or I-ACT has begun the full blast implementation of its campaign against dilapidated and smoke belching jeepneys within and outside of Metro Manila.

However, such operation gives commuters a difficult time in riding jeepneys.

To address this, the 20 city buses given with special permits by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFBR) will begin Tuesday plying routes affected by I-ACT’s operation.

“The city buses covered by the coding tomorrow will ply roads with tarpaulins stating they will replace the apprehended jeepney units.,” MMDA Asst. General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said.

Some routes where the city buses with special permits will operate include Quiapo, Commonwealth, Masinag, Baclaran, Novaliches and Guadalupe in Makati City.

However, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) clarified the said city buses will operate on the said roads only when needed.

Based on the figures of I-ACT, they have already impounded 50 jeepney units under the said campaign.

While more than 200 PUVs were issued with subpoena, and would have to undergo motor vehicle inspection before being allowed to operate.

Fares in non-aircon buses start at P10, while P12 for air-conditioned buses.

The MMDA said the local government units will be the one in charge of managing the traffic flow in their respective areas.

This will also be in charge of designating bus loading and unloading areas.

The said campaign will run for 2 months until operators improve the condition of their jeepneys.

Meanwhile, point to point buses will begin plying roads on the first of February to serve alternative transportation of passengers of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) during rush hour.

“If you will consider the queues at MRT plus the travel time, it will take at least an hour and a half. So instead of standing and falling in line, they will be able to seat on the P2P buses,” Garcia said.

Beginning on Thursday, 10 P2P buses will begin to ply roads and will station at the MRT North Avenue at Quezon Avenue stations.

The buses will transport passengers to Ortigas and Ayala.

Fares at the P2P buses will become P15 only from the previous P24.

They will begin operating from 5:45 to 9:00 a.m. with a 15-minute interval in each trip.

Meanwhile, the MMDA will provide two buses offering free rides. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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MRT-7 construction along North Avenue begins, heavy traffic expected

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Construction of the 1st phase of MRT-7 along North Avenue began at 11 in the evening, Monday.

The contractor, EEI Corporation, will start the installation of barriers on one of the lanes of North Avenue in front of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC).

Authorities are now advising the public to expect heavier traffic flow on North Avenue and nearby areas in the following days.

To address this, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has designated alternate routes for motorists.

They may ply Mindanao Avenue, Visayas Avenue and Quezon Avenue to avoid the traffic congestion that may result during the construction of MRT-7 along North Avenue.

The project’s contractor said the completion of three segments of MRT-7 along North Avenue may take one year. – UNTV News & Rescue

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