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MMDA to close EDSA bus terminals in June

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

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

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MMDA lifts number coding for Lenten break

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended the number coding scheme from April 17 to 22 for the observance of the Lenten season.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim announced this on his Facebook post.

“Ngayong holy week, suspendido ang number coding scheme sa mga sumusunod na araw. Mag-ingat sa byahe at sana’y maging mapayapa ang inyong paggunita ng Semana Santa ngayong taon [The number coding scheme will be suspended in the following days, this week. Be safe in observing the Lenten week],” Lim said.

ADVISORY: Ngayong Holy Week, suspendido ang number coding scheme sa mga sumusunod na araw. Mag-ingat sa byahe at sana’y maging mapayapa ang inyong paggunita ng Semana Santa ngayong taon.

Posted by General Danny Lim on Sunday, 14 April 2019

According to MMDA Edsa Traffic Chief Bong Nebrija, the number coding scheme was suspended in the said dates in anticipation of the surge of travelers for this season, which is expected to begin on April 17 (Wednesday).

The MMDA will also remain on alert on April 22 (Monday) when passengers travel back to Metro Manila from their respective provinces. – Robie de Guzman

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Provincial bus operators urge MMDA to review bus terminal relocation

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

A provincial bus terminal along EDSA

QUEZON CITY, Philippines —Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines is urging the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to carefully review the relocation of provincial bus terminals in EDSA.

According to the group’s president, Alex Yague, relocating the provincial bus terminals to Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa, Laguna from EDSA will inconvenience passengers.

Aside from the distance and additional expenses, passengers will also have problems carrying their luggage.

“Ang mga city bus at tsaka UV Express na lilipatan, wala siyang baggage compartment para paglagyan ng mga bagaheng ito ng mga pasaherong galing ng probinsya, (The city buses and UV Express have no baggage compartment for passengers from provinces)” he said.

Yague added that all provincial buses will not fit in the interim terminals especially if the area will also serve as their garage for maintenance.

“Sa tingin namin pwedeng gamitin ang terminal pero hindi siya sapat kung doon na rin maggagarahe ang mga bus, doon na rin aayusin ang maintenance ng mga bus doon sa mga terminal na ito, (We think, the terminal can be used but it will not be enough if it will also serve as the garage for the bus maintenance)” he said.

Several drivers and bus conductors also share the same sentiment.

Bus conductor, Alex Javellana said the relocation will cause more traffic in Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa Laguna.

“Hindi po kami papabor doon kasi iniisip po namin mga commuters sa dami po ng volume araw-araw na lumuluwas kawawa naman mga commuters na naghahabol ng oras, (We are not in favor because we are thinking about the commuters. With the volume that will travel everyday, commuters will surely be pressed for time)” he said.

Traffic is also a problem seen by bus driver, Roberto Marcelo.

“Mata-traffic din dahil iisa lang pinapasukang toll doon, maliit pa. Ngayon lang sobrang traffic na doon, (There will also be traffic, because there is only one toll booth there. The traffic there is already heavy as it is. )” he said.

Provincial bus operators also question the allegation that they are the main cause of severe traffic when private vehicles have the highest presence on EDSA.

Meanwhile, the MMDA aims to conduct a dry run of the relocation of provincial bus terminals after the long holiday. This will determine the actual effect of the relocation which will take effect in June.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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MMDA traffic czar on enforcer in viral video: That’s grave threat

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2019

An MMDA enforcer is seen threatening a motorcycle rider for recording their a;altercation.

MANILA, Philippines — A video went viral on Facebook when a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcer took the key of a motorcycle rider.

In the said video, the said enforcer is seen threatening the motorist for taking a video of their road altercation.

“Bakit mo kinuha ang susi ko? Ano violation ko? (Why did you take my key? What is my violation?),” the rider asked after the traffic enforcer took his key and crossed the street.

The enforcer can be heard shouting back at the rider, “Mag-video ka, mag-video ka. Sasapakin kita, gusto mo magsuntukan tayo? (Go ahead and take a video. I will punch you, do you want to fight?).”

According to MMDA traffic czar Edison ‘Bong’ Nebrija, what the enforcer did was grave threat. Enforcers are also not allowed to take the key of motorists unless it is absolutely necessary.

“Hindi po allowed iyan, (That is not allowed) unless there is an intention to flee. But then again in this case, judgement call siguro ng enforcer na kunin ang susi. Maybe he deems na iyong motorista baka tatakbo. But nonetheless hindi po iyan SOP [Standard Operational Procedure], (it might have been the judgement call of the enforcer to take the key. Maybe he thinks the motorist will flee. But nonetheless, that is not SOP)” he said during an interview on UNTV’s Good Morning Kuya on Monday.

Nebrija reiterates that all traffic enforcers and tow truck operators are not allowed to climb into a motorist’s vehicle and take anything that belongs to the motorist.

He also said that they tracked down the location of the incident in Parañaque. With the help of the traffic head of Parañaque, Teddy Barandino, they were able to identify the traffic enforcer. Authorities will investigate the incident.

Meanwhile, motorists and traffic enforcers alike are encouraged to take videos during road altercations to help with the documentation of the incident. However, Nebrija added that both parties should not harass each other.

“We encourage that, na videohan ang mga enforcer namin (We encourage to take videos of our enforcers) , [but] not to the point na you will be harassing or you will be disrupting the apprehension itself,” he said.

Nebrija advise the motorists to also file formal complaints at their office aside from posting videos on Facebook.

“That’s the only way to make the due process complete or start the due process and eventually dismiss the enforcer,” he said.

For traffic enforcers, Nebrija reminds them to always be on top of the situation and never lose their temper.

“They should prevail as the cooler head in the altercation,” Nebrija said.—Aileen Cerrudo

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