MMDA to implement No Window Hours in Metro; to remove provincial bus terminals in EDSA

Maris Federez   •   March 29, 2019   •   2358

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to unify the No Window Hours policies of the different cities in Metro Manila.

This, after Metro Manila mayors agreed on its uniform implementation to prevent confusion among motorists.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arthuro Garcia said, “Kasi diba may lumabas na per city may window. Pagtawid mo may window na naman, nagkakagulo, nagagalit ang tao nalilito. That’s why we requested na baka puwede standard na tayo wala nang may window (Each city has its own window [hours]. It confuses people. That’s why we requested to make it standard, no more window [hours]).”

This means that vehicles covered by a day’s number coding will no longer be allowed on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in the metro, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The MMDA is quick to add, however, that this does not cover the cities where there is no number coding scheme; such as, Navotas, Pateros, Marikina, Taguig and Muntinlupa.

This, however, has to wait until ordinances regarding window hours in all cities are revised and updated.

Meanwhile, the MMDA is also set to remove the terminals of provincial buses in Metro Manila.

These terminals will be transferred to the Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa, Laguna interim terminals, as well as to the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

“Ang target natin dyan by June dapat wala na yan [We target to remove them by June] not only in EDSA but the whole Metro Manila,” Garcia added.

First to go are the provincial bus terminals along EDSA.

For its part, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start the processing of the franchises of Metro city buses that will ferry passengers to and fro the interim terminals.

The MMDA will conduct the necessary dry run to help the buses and passengers get used to the new system, before its actual implementation.  – Maris Federez (with reports from Joan Nano)

MMDA defers closure of EDSA-Bagong Barrio U-turn slot

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has deferred the closure of the U-turn slot along General Malvar in EDSA Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City.

Based on the agency’s advisory, it will be closed on January 4 next year instead of December 7.

The closure of EDSA U-turn slots is in line with the EDSA Busway project.

The agency advises motorists to regularly check its official social media accounts for latest updates.

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Minors in NCR still barred outdoors except for exercise, essential purposes – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday said that Metro Manila mayors have agreed to still prohibit minors from going outdoors amid the threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said Metro Manila mayors unanimously agreed to disallow minors from entering commercial establishments and other outdoor areas such as shopping malls.

“Unanimous po ano, 17-0 na Mayors will not allow minors to go out. That’s why yung ating GCQ guidelines na 18 to 65, yun pa din yung papayagang lumabas,” he said.

Garcia said they came up with the decision after meeting with health experts, including the Philippine Pediatric Society and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines.

“Because of having high immune system, pediatrics experts said that minors who are infected with COVID-19 are usually asymptomatic carriers of the virus. They might be transmitting the virus unknowingly, especially to those vulnerable,” he said.

“Persons aged 18-65 years old are the only ones allowed to go inside malls in Metro Manila,” he added.

Garcia, however, said that essential activities done inside the malls such as medical and dental check-ups, buying of food, and medicines are allowed for all ages, including minors and senior citizens “as long as the minimum health protocols such as wearing of face mask and face shield and observing of physical distancing are strictly observed.”

Minors are also allowed to do non-contact sports such as biking and jogging, subject to interpretation of local government units through their respective existing ordinances, he added.

Garcia said that both the mall owners and the LGUs have the responsibility to ensure that no minors will be allowed to go inside their establishments and other outdoor areas amid enforcement of quarantine protocols. The imposition of penalties will also depend on the LGUs according to existing directives.

The Department of Health earlier insisted that minors aged 14 and below, as well as senior citizens aged 66 and above, should still not be allowed to go out due to the risk of contracting COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Another EDSA U-turn slot to close Dec. 7 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Another U-turn slot along EDSA would be closed to vehicular traffic starting next week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the EDSA-Bagong Barrio U-turn slot will be closed starting December 7.

Affected motorists are advised to take the Monumento Circle as an alternative route.

The MMDA said the closure of EDSA U-turn slots is in line with the EDSA Busway project.

“Isinasara ang mga U-turn slot sa EDSA bilang bahagi ng patuloy na efforts ng MMDA para mapabilis ang biyahe ng mga commuters sa EDSA Carousel Bus Routes,” it said.

“Inaasahan ang kooperasyon at buong pag-unawa ng lahat,” it added. The MMDA began gradually closing U-turn slots along EDSA last September.

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