MMDA to close EDSA bus terminals in June

Marje Pelayo   •   March 27, 2019   •   6191

File photo: Authorities put up a closure sign at several bus terminals
along EDSA for violating the “nose in, nose out” policy (June 20,2018)

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) issued an advisory on Monday (March 26) announcing the impending prohibition and cancellation of business permits to all public-utility bus (PUB) terminals along EDSA.

The MMDA said the Metro Manila Council (MMC) approved the resolution which also covers other public utility vehicles (PUV).

“Our direction is to remove all bus terminals along EDSA and relocate them in the outskirts of the metro to minimize traffic congestion,” MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said in a statement.

Lim added that his agency will recommend the closure of terminals by April this year in coordination with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Meanwhile, MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia announced a dry run of the regulation after the Catholic observance of the Lenten Week to prepare bus operators as well as commuters for the official shut down by June this year.

The MMDA confirmed, likewise, that several terminals are now being constructed for relocation of provincial bus terminals servicing passengers from the south and north of Metro Manila.

These include a terminal in Valenzuela City and one in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. – Marje Pelayo

Granular lockdowns effective in curbing COVID-19 transmission — MMDA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sees the implementation of granular lockdowns as effective in addressing COVID-19 transmissions.

According to MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, since the implementation of granular lockdowns in the National Capital Region (NCR), the number of COVID-19 cases significantly dropped in the nation’s capital.

The official noted that the cooperation of barangay officials contributed a lot as they know more about how to implement the measure in smaller areas to contain COVID-19.

With the implementation of granular lockdowns, the healthy population can still move without risking the larger population.

Based on the data from MMDA, the number of active cases dropped to around 36,000 on September 19 from more than 40,000 last September 15.

Also, the COVID-19 reproduction rate in NCR slowed down from 1.90 on September 15 to 1.03 on September 22.

“This granular lockdown [ay] tamang-tama ng structure ng Pilipinas. Kaya nga I would say na it’s one of the things kung bakit bumaba tayo aside from vaccination. It is this effective use of the granular lockdowns,” said Abalos.

Abalos said that local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila are aiming at lowering the Alert Level in the region from  4 to 3 after the implementation of the pilot test of the alert system.

LIST: Flooded areas in Metro Manila due to STS Jolina

Marje Pelayo   •   September 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reminds the public, especially motorists of the flooded areas due to continuous rains brought about by severe tropical storm Jolina.

As of 5:00 AM Wednesday (September 8), the following areas are submerged with flood water:

NAVOTAS CITY
Tangos North cor. E Pascual – half gutter
Oliveros st Tangos north – gutter deep
San Roque Gov.Pascual brgy. hall – gutter deep
San Roque M.Naval church – half gutter
Daanghari M.Naval global oil – gutter deep
Daanghari M.Naval Caltex – gutter deep
Daanghari Gov.Pascual Bacog – gutter deep
Daanghari Kapalaran – half gutter
Navotas hospital – gutter deep
San Jose E. Tuazon cor. M.Naval – gutter deep
San Jose Gov.Pascual cor. Robles – gutter deep
Waling Waling cor Sampaguita – half gutter
Sampaguita cor. Doña Aurora – half gutter
Sampaguita cor.Azucena – half gutter
E Rodriguez cor. Masipag – gutter deep
H.Lopez Nicasio – gutter deep
Varadero – half gutter
infront of pnp hq – half gutter
Sipac M.Naval infront of Cityhall – gutter deep

MANILA CITY
Luneta Finance Rd.Nb- gutter deep

MANDALUYONG CITY
Brgy.Poblacion/Backside-gutter deep
Brgy.Poblacion/Lerma-knee deep
Brgy.New Zuniga/Boni F.Ortigas-gutter deep

MALABON CITY
F. Sevilla infront Market- 8to 9 inches
F. Sevilla back of City Hall- 3-4 inches
Rizal Ave. cor. Gen Luna.-4-5 inches
Cristia – 5 to 6 inches
Francis area- gutter deep

The above list is based on reports from local government units command centers and local disaster agencies.

Weekend road reblocking set on EDSA-Caloocan southbound — MMDA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reminds motorists taking EDSA of the scheduled road reblocking and repair on EDSA-Caloocan (Southbound) after Urbano Plata St. (4th lane from the sidewalk) this weekend.

The repair works, which start at 11:00 PM from September 3 until September 6, are expected to affect weekend traffic. With this, motorists are advised to take alternate routes.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will undertake the reblocking and repair works.

The affected road will be fully passable by 5:00 AM on Monday (September 6).

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