MMDA to run after errant public bus drivers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2019   •   272

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it will run after public utility bus (PUB) drivers who have committed hundreds of traffic violations since 2006.

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said they were able to account for more than 1,700 PUB drivers based on its database.

The list of names of these drivers has already been turned over to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Garcia said that based on MMDA records, one bus driver alone has committed 533 violations, including obstruction, disregarding traffic sign, loading/unloading, yellow lane, and open door.

“I was alarmed over these erring PUB drivers, so I immediately coordinated with the LTO. We will strictly enforce Republic Act 4136 against errant drivers,” he told reporters in a briefing Tuesday.

Under RA 4136, also known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines, a driver who commits the same violations at least three times in a year may face automatic suspension of his/her license for at least one to two years.

The MMDA said the PNP-Highway Patrol Group Traffic Enforcement Unit will apprehend the suspended PUB drivers once the list comes out.

The LTO, for its part, assured the public that due process will be observed in dealing with these traffic law violators.

“Our aim is to instill discipline among the PUB drivers. Also, this is for the safety of passengers,” Garcia said.

He also warned bus operators against hiring PUB drivers with numerous traffic violations.

“Please exercise extra-ordinary diligence in hiring a PUB driver or else we will impound your vehicle,” he said.

The agency said it is currently scrutinizing records of public utility vehicle drivers’ traffic violations from 2018 up to present.

Copies of these records will be submitted to the LTO for proper action.

MMDA officer carries sick child to hospital amid traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2020

Mit Javellana and her family were on their way to the hospital. Her son, Earl, was having chills due to high fever and was in need of medical attention.

But their car was not moving due to the severe traffic and they had no choice but to forcefully make their way through just to get to the hospital.

An MMDA officer, Jeremi Lukban, noticed and approached them.

“Nung malaman niyang papuntang ER, nag-offer siya na buhatin si Earl at naglakad na lang pa-ospital (When he learned that we are going to the ER, he offered to carry Earl and walked to the hospital),” Mit said in her Facebook post.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim lauded Lukban’s action and reminded the public to never hesitate to ask the MMDA for any assistance.

“Lagi tayong handang tumulong sa ating mga kababayan (We are always ready to help our fellowmen),” he said in his Facebook post.—AAC

LIST: Road closures in Manila due to Traslacion 2020

Robie de Guzman   •   January 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced the closure of some roads in Manila on January 9 to give way to the annual Traslacion event of the Catholic community.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the following roads will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic as these will serve as the procession’s route:

  • Quirino Grandstand
  • Katigbak Road thru Padre Burgos St.
  • Finance Road thru Ayala Boulevard
  • Palanca St.
  • Quezon Boulevard
  • Arlegui St.
  • Fraternal St.
  • Vergara St.
  • Duque de Alba St.
  • Castillejos St.
  • Farnecio St.
  • Arlegui St.
  • Nepomuceno St.
  • Concepcion Aguila St.
  • Carcer St.
  • Hidalgo thru Plaza Del Carmen
  • Bilibid Viejo thru Gil Puyat
  • JP De Guzman St.
  • Hidalgo St.
  • Quezon Boulevard
  • Palanca St. thru under Quezon Bridge
  • Villalobos thru Plaza Miranda

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said he has ordered these roads be cleared of obstruction and debris for the safety of the devotees.

He added that tents, plastic barriers and fences are also now being set up at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila where several activities in connection with the procession will be held.

The MMDA said it will deploy 1,000 personnel to help ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the procession.

“Our action plan is already in place. Aside from manpower, ambulances, road emergency vehicles, traffic mobile cars, and other necessary equipment will also be dispatched,” Lim said.

The agency will also position street sweepers and road clearing group members at the tail of the procession to immediately clear roads of all types of clutter.

MMDA reminds motorists: Number coding lifted during holidays

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has reminded motorists that the number coding scheme for private and public utility vehicles will be lifted in several dates this week and the next in light of the holiday season.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the number coding scheme for private and other public utility vehicles will be suspended from December 23 to 25, 2019, from December 30 to 31, and January 1, 2020.

Meanwhile, the number coding policy for provincial buses is suspended from December 23 to 27, 2019, from December 30 to 31, 2019, and from January 1 to 2, 2020.

The MMDA said this is to accommodate more passengers that may travel to provinces and back to spend the holidays.

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