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

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 11:12 AM

MRT line 7 rendering

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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MRT-7 contractor reopens occupied lanes on Elliptical Road

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 10 January 2019 03:46 PM

FILE PHOTO: MRT-7 construction

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Rail Transit 7 contractor, EEI Corporation, is ready to pay the P25,000 penalty charged by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for occupying two inner lanes on Elliptical Road in an effort to expand their working area during the construction of the MRT-7 tower.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said that the contractor failed to inform the management regarding the measure which was why motorists were not advised about it.

This created heavy traffic in the area causing further distress among motorists.

“The problem is, bigla na lang nilang tinira, sinara without giving us notice na ipa-relay sa tao,” said Garcia.

In the statement released by the company, they promised to fix the construction site.

The contractor assured that they will pay the P25, 000 fine charged by the MMDA to resolve the traffic problem on Elliptical Road.

The MMDA has instructed the contractor to place yellow markings on other lanes to prevent motorists from shifting lanes.

“I told them to put right lane markings na paglabas ng Commonwealth. Kailangan kung nasaang lane ka hindi ka na aalis kasi kaya nagkaka-traffic yan yung palipat-lipat nagkakaroon ng sagian,” said Garcia.

All public vehicles are directed to pass through the two outer lanes near the sidewalk.

Private vehicles are only allowed to change lanes if they are heading to Quezon Avenue or Visayas Avenue.

MMDA has also ordered the opening of the Commonwealth-Philcoa U-turn slot from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.— Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Tolentino ready to accept whatever SET decides on electoral protest vs. De Lima

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 9 January 2019 04:38 PM

Talk show host Daniel Razon (left) interviews former MMDA chairman, Atty. Francis Tolentino (right)on the set of Get it Straight with Daniel Razon

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Senatorial hopeful Atty. Francis Tolentino said he already accepted the fact that his electoral protest against Senator Leila de Lima is close to failing.

The former chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said that although he has strong evidence to win the case, the judicial process is slow. So, he decided to just wait for whatever the Senate Electoral Tribunal rules on the issue.

In October last year, Tolentino filed his candidacy for the May midterm elections.

Prior to that, he filed a motion asking the SET to temporarily suspend the proceedings of his election protest against De Lima. But it doesn’t mean that he is abandoning the case or conceding his claims to the detained senator.

“Knowing fully well the consequences maaaring i-dismiss ng SET ang kaso dahil tumtakbo na nga ho uli ako. Pero ibabalik ko doon sa hindi sya nag file ng counter protest kasi parang tinatanggap mo ang laman ng pleadings ko eh kasi hindi mo na kinaounter,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Tolentino may have been an accuser of a fraudulent election in 2016 but according to him, he decided to run because he still respects the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

He noted that the impeachment of former Comelec commissioner Andres Bautista is one proof that the agency has kept its integrity as an institution.

If given the chance in Senate, Tolentino wants to push for a measure that will strengthen the local government units, measures to improve the country’s disaster preparedness programs, transportation and the passage of federalism.

If there’s one thing he can assure the public in his quest for Senate position, Tolentino said, it is his clean track record as a public servant.

“I’ve been a mayor several times, MMDA chairman hindi po ako nagka-kaso sa Ombudasman kahit isa. Ibig sabihin the record will show na kahit sa piskalya I can have certifications to show,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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MMDA all geared up for annual Traslacion

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 7 January 2019 12:13 PM

FILE PHOTO: Devotees at Traslacion

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday (January 6) began the deployment of personnel to the Quirino Grandstand in Ermita, Manila in anticipation of the of the annual Trasclacion on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

The MMDA initially deployed 350 personnel particularly from the Western Traffic Enforcement Division to help coordinate traffic.

The agency said 500 more MMDA personnel will be added on the day of the Traslacion to man the procession routes to ensure the safety of the attendees.

It was also announced that on Wednesday, some roads in the Quiapo area will be closed to traffic including Katigbak Drive and Padre Burgos Avenue up to a portion of Taft Avenue going to Jones Bridge.

The MMDA Metro Parkway Clearing Group will also take part in the preparation to ensure that the procession routes are free from obstructions.

The Sidewalk Clearing Group will take care of crowd control while the street sweepers are directed to promptly clean up any trash left by the devotees.

The MMDA Road Emergency Group and Public Safety Division have road emergency vehicles and ferry boats on standby for crisis situations.

The Manila City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council together with the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) will lead as the first emergency response unit.

The MMDRRMC is expecting good weather on Wednesday and estimates attendees to reach up to 15 million. — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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