MMDA urges Metro Manila mayors to sustain road clearing ops
Robie de Guzman • October 4, 2019 • 806
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has urged local chief executives of Metro Manila to continue their road clearing operations after the end of the 60-day deadline to rid public roads and sidewalks of obstructions as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
MMDA chairman Danilo Lim made the call when he presided over the Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting in Makati on Thursday (Oct. 3). The MMC is the governing arm and policy-making body of the MMDA.
Lim lauded the efforts of the Metro Manila mayors in clearing the streets of obstructions, but noted that sustaining the operations is the “greater challenge of the campaign.”
“Our work is not yet finished. This is a continuing project. We have to maintain and sustain our clearing operations amid the increasing number of vehicles that worsen traffic in Metro Manila,” Lim said.
Lim cited that in the past 10 years, the number of registered vehicles in Metro Manila has almost doubled while its road network has only increased by seven percent.
He added that at least 900 vehicles are being added to the average daily volume of vehicular traffic along EDSA and major thoroughfares in the metropolis.
“This is the problem which Metro Manila is facing. Cars are multiplying but the road capacity has barely changed. Infrastructure projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program are underway,” the MMDA chief said.
“While waiting for the completion of the infrastructure projects, let us maintain what we have started. This is the greater challenge of the campaign. There is no overnight solution to address our traffic problems,” he added.
Majority of the obstructions cleared in Metro Manila during the 60-day deadline were illegally-parked vehicles and sidewalk vendors as well as structures like barangay and police outposts.
In line with this, council members have agreed to institutionalize the clearing of obstructions through a resolution to be adopted by 17 local government units in Metro Manila.
The agency also reiterated that barangay officials play a major role in keeping roads clear of obstructions.
“It is the responsibility of the barangay chairmen to maintain cleared roads,” MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said.
The MMDA also assured it is ready to assist local governments in clearing public roads.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier said it is now completing its validation report on the performance and compliance of local government units to the road clearing order.
The results of its assessment may be released next week.
MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danny Lim has denied reports that local chief executives in the National Capital Region (NCR) have suggested to revert Metro Manila to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status.
In an interview, Lim denounced the reports as fake news saying that the Metro Manila Council of Mayors actually suggested extending the general community quarantine in NCR starting August 1.
President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, is expected to announce the new quarantine measures on July 31 that will be implemented across the country. –MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Danilo Lim on Tuesday announced that work at the agency’s headquarters will be suspended from Thursday, July 9 to Friday, July to give way to the complete sanitation and disinfection of all its offices and adjacent premises.
This is after four MMDA personnel tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) when they underwent mass rapid testing and confirmatory swab test.
“Upon the recommendation of the MMDA COVID-19 Committee, we have decided to suspend the operations at all our offices for sanitation and disinfection to protect not only our personnel but also the transacting public against the virus,” Lim said in a statement.
All personnel will be allowed to go home at 2 p.m. on Wednesday as their workplaces will undergo sanitation and disinfection procedures until Sunday, July 12.
Lim said that no employee shall be allowed to enter any office during the sanitation and disinfection period.
The MMDA chief assured that the offices of those who tested positive have already been placed on lockdown and sanitized. Contact tracing has also been conducted and people who had close contact with them were ordered to strictly comply with the 14-day quarantine period and were subjected to swab tests.
“We assure the public that our offices will resume operations as soon as we have completed the sanitation and disinfection of our all offices by Monday,” Lim said.
Others employees who tested positive in the rapid test were made to undergo swab test and quarantine, according to protocol.
The MMDA has its own isolation facility to accommodate employees exposed to persons with COVID-19, tested positive on rapid test, and for those awaiting swab test results.
The 800-square meter isolation facility, located at the MMDA’s parking area, has two sections – one for suspect and probable cases.
Each section of the isolation facility has a 24-bed capacity equipped with shower rooms, comfort rooms and lavatories. The rooms are fully-air conditioned, with WI-FI connection and are regularly cleaned and sanitized. Free meals are also provided.
The MMDA’s Medical Clinic is also closely monitoring and providing guidance and assistance to employees.
Meanwhile, the MMDA said it has put in place protocols for visitors entering the building to prevent spread of COVID-19.
The agency’s guidelines state that all visitors with official business with the agency shall initially stay in the reception area for verification if the visitor will be allowed to go to the concerned office.
Strictly no personal visits are allowed for the meantime given the high risk of COVID-19 transmission at this period.
Moreover, delivery personnel shall not be allowed to go straight to the office or area of the ordering or recipient entity. All deliveries shall be transacted only at the reception lobby.
Likewise, visitors need to fill-up health declaration form with contact details for contact tracing purpose. “This pandemic is a difficult time for all of us and we must do everything we can to protect our personnel and visitors,” Lim said.
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning to close a total of 15 U-Turn slots on EDSA.
The plan aims to facilitate the construction of mass transport facilities in an effort to speed up traffic flow of buses on Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.
“We want to lessen the travel time. Kung ma-achieve natin iyan by minimizing or closing the U-turn slots on this bus way ay malaking impact iyan. Mas mabilis,” said MMDA EDSA Traffic Chief Edison Nebrija.
U-Turn slots that might be closed include:
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Nebrija added that the project will exclusively assign the innermost lanes of EDSA for public utility buses in order to decongest traffic.
Though MMDA expects to receive mounting complaints from commuters and operators, Nebrija said the project’s purpose is ultimately to provide convenience to the greater public.
“Well maraming magrereklamo diyan. Baka may mag-file na naman ng TRO (Well, many will complain. Maybe another TRO will be filed),” he said.
Nonetheless, the MMDA is still open to suggestions and ideas on how improve EDSA’s busway system. MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)
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