MMDA to close 2 more EDSA U-turn slots on November 23

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2020   •   353

MANILA, Philippines — Two more U-turn slots along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) will be closed starting Monday (November 23) in line with the EDSA Busway project.

The said move aims to provide faster mobility for the commuting public, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said in an advisory.

Traffic advisory signages were installed in the vicinity for the closure of the two U-turn slots located along EDSA near Oliveros Drive and Balintawak Market.

Affected motorists are advised to take the following detour routes:

From northbound going southbound, affected vehicles may take the Balintawak Interchange, General Malvar/Bagong Barrio U-turn slot.

From southbound going northbound, affected vehicles may take Quezon Avenue service road U-turn.

The EDSA Busway designates the innermost lane of EDSA as an exclusive lane for public utility buses (PUBs) travelling along the national highway, from Monumento in Caloocan to SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

“The government’s goal of providing safe, reliable, and efficient travel for commuters along the country’s main thoroughfare will further continue in coordination with concerned agencies,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said.

Other alternative routes for closed U-turn slots between North Avenue and Manila Central University in Monumento are as follows:

For vehicles coming from Manila going to Bagong Barrio:

• Coming from A. Bonifacio Ave., turn right at Del Monte Ave. then turn left at Banawe Ave., then turn left to Sgt. Rivera Ave., then cross A. Bonifacio Ave. taking C-3 Road then turn right at Rizal Ave. going to Monumento

  • Or turn left on 7th Ave. then turn right on Rizal Ave. going to Monumento

For vehicles coming from Grace Park going to EDSA Northbound:

• Take 10th Ave. until Rizal Ave. to Monumento

For vehicles coming from Manila going to NLEX:

• From Rizal Avenue, turn right on 5th Ave. to make a U-turn, then cross Rizal Ave. going to NLEX Harbor Link C-3 Entry Ramp

• From A. Bonifacio Ave., turn right at Del Monte Ave. then turn left at Banawe Ave., then turn left to Sgt. Rivera Ave., then cross A. Bonifacio Ave. taking C-3 Road to enter NLEX using C-3 entry ramp

For vehicles coming from Howmart Road to EDSA Southbound (SB):

• Take Cloverleaf NW Loop going to A. Bonifacio Avenue

• Take SW Loop going to EDSA Southbound

For those coming from Project 8, Quezon City area going EDSA SB to Cubao/Makati:

• Take inner roads to Mindanao Ave.

• From Mindanao Ave., either:

1. Make a U-turn then make a right turn to Road 1 until you reach Visayas Ave., then proceed to QC Circle and exit at either Quezon Ave., East Ave. or Kalayaan Ave.

2. Make a left turn to North Ave., then right turn at Agham Road until you reach Quezon Ave.

MMDA suspends truck ban in ECQ areas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Truck ban in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is temporarily suspended, according to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

In a Twitter post, the agency announced that truck ban is suspended along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. This is to ensure the deliveries of essential goods in areas under ECQ will be unhampered.

The MMDA, however, clarified that total truck ban is still implemented along EDSA.

The ECQ will last until April 4 in NCR, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal. AAC

Pasig Ferry Service operations suspended for Lenten week – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Operations of the Pasig River Ferry Service will be temporarily suspended from April 1 to April 4, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In a statement, the MMDA said normal operations will resume on Monday, April 5.

“Meanwhile, as Metro Manila is under enhanced community quarantine, the ferry service will be implementing 50% seating capacity,” the agency said.

All Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) are allowed to ride the ferry service, provided they bring an identification card.

The national government placed the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Laguna under ECQ from March 29 to April 4 in a bid to arrest the surge in COVID-19 cases.


Result of upgraded restrictions may manifest after two weeks — MMDA

Marje Pelayo   •   March 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said the new COVID-19 variants may be blamed for the surge of positive cases in the country especially in Metro Manila.

He said quarantine restrictions at present are similar to those imposed during the early days of the pandemic, but the spread of COVID-19 has been very swift even in other countries.

“Sana nga lang kung ganito kabilis makahawa, iyon na lang effect niya sa mortality o sa severity, huwag na lang sanang ganoon katindi,” Abalos said.

Given the spike in COVID-19 cases, Abalos said local government units have agreed to religiously impose contact tracing, testing and isolation of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

One effective measure, he said, is the implementation of granular lockdowns.

“Epektibo talaga iyong tinatawag na granular lockdown. Kasi may mga kaso sa isang lugar na may tinatawag tayong clustering nung grupo-grupo na may sakit. Kaya yun ang inila-lockdown ng mga LGU. Mas alam nila yun,” Abalos said.

“Ang lahat ng ito makukuha pa natin ang resulta after siguro about mga 14 days,” he added.

The Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 has included nearby provinces in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) namely Cavite, Laguna and Rizal since most people entering the capital are from these areas.

One city that has the lowest number of cases is Taguig.

According to Mayor Lino Cayetano, the public should not be complacent even with vaccines. He said people should now learn how to live with COVID-19.

“The city of Taguig believe na para bumaba yung surge, bumaba yung numero ng mga kaso natin, kailangan bilisan natin yung behavioral change o yung pagbabago ng ugali natin para masanay tayo mamuhay na nandito ho ang virus. Simpleng bagay lang ho, paulit-ulit ho tayo, yung pagsuot ng mask, face shield, distansya, paghugas ho ng kamay,” Cayetano said,

Meanwhile, Abalos supports the plan to prioritize Metro Manila residents in the vaccination considering that the concentration of COVID-19 transmission is in the capital.

“Talagang mamadaliin para mabakunahan kaagad ang taga-Maynila dahil kumbaga sa sunog ng bahay, nandirito yung sunog nasa kuwartong ito, nasa NCR, kaya yun ang tuon ngayon ng pamahalaan,” he said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)


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