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
Monsoon rains spawn sea of garbage in Manila Bay
Trash fill the stretch of Manila Baywalk as raging waves spew garbage from Manila Bay during the onslaught of monsoon rains.
MANILA, Philippines – Waves of trash have accumulated in Manila Bay in the aftermath of a heavy downpour over the weekend.
Piles of garbage were seen reaching Roxas Boulevard eventually obstructing traffic.
Volunteers from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Manila City government continue to collect mounts of garbage believed to have come from various parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
“Lahat ng basura na umanod na hanggang Roxas Boulevard ay kailangang ligpitin natin at mapanatiling malinis ang Roxas Boulevard,” said ASEC Celine Pialago, MMDA Spokesperson.
Since Saturday, clearing personnel were able to collect up to 10 truckloads of garbage from Manila Bay.
Most of them were items made of plastic and styrofoam as well as bamboo poles believed to have been disentangled from damage fish cages in nearby areas.
The MMDA expects the clearing operation along the stretch of Manila Baywalk area to last until next week. – Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo
Rush hour ban on buses to start Aug 15, total ban soon
MANILA, Philippines — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo said a total ban of provincial buses on EDSA is unlikely for now based on the current state of the Valenzuela Interim Terminal.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian joined MMDA and Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) officials at the inspection of Valenzuela Interim Terminal to assess if it can operate as a station for provincial buses starting August 15.
Aside from the ongoing construction works inside the terminal, MMDA noted several issues that need to be addressed.
Among these are the establishment of designated areas for provincial and city buses; management of queues for jeepneys, buses and UV Express vans that share the terminal; and completion of waiting sheds for passengers.
The MMDA has directed the Valenzuela City government to fast track the completion of the interim terminal within a month.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said, “Give us a little bit more time. Di naman matagal na matagal, para maiayos lang yung terminal condition at tsaka yung mga sasalo na vehicles.”
Nevertheless, the MMDA will still implement on August 15 the ban of provincial buses on EDSA during rush hours.
This means that starting August 15, MMDA personnel will begin apprehending provincial buses on EDSA from 7am to 10am and 6pm to 9pm. Violators of the ordinance will be fined P2,000.
MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said, “Yung dry run natin na kapag ang bus galing ng north, hanggang Cubao lang sila. Kapag galing south, hanggang Pasay. Pinahinga lang natin yung Cubao to Magallanes kasi ginagawa yung Shaw Boulevard.”
The Provincial Bus Operators Association has previously voiced opposition to the policy but they admit that they can do nothing if the MMDA will implement it. — Joan Nano
Vehicles without passengers to be banned on EDSA
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Vehicles without passengers will soon be banned on EDSA during rush hours.
This, after the Metro Manila Council of Mayors, agreed on the reinstatement of the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) commonly known as carpooling among private vehicle owners.
Under the policy, drivers of private vehicles who drive alone or without a passenger will be stopped.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) supports the policy which according to MMDA General Manager Jose Garcia will help ease traffic situations on EDSA.
Based on MMDA’s data, 70 percent of the vehicles on EDSA ply with only the driver in it.
“Talagang ine-encourage namin sila, iyong mag-carpooling. Kung 70 percent ito ng nasa 300,000 na dumadaan sa EDSA every day, just imagine (na) 200,000 ang mag-isa lang,” Garcia said.
The MMDA suspended the implementation of the HOV lane policy due to some issues such as window tint that makes it difficult for traffic enforcers to determine the number of passengers inside a private vehicle.
The agency is further studying the policy and is planning to collaborate with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to make it more effective.
Garcia, however, clarified that the no contact apprehension policy will remain even if the HOV policy takes effect.
The agency plans to conduct another dry run of the policy prior to its full implementation. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo