MMDA to use drones in monitoring traffic, flood in Metro Manila

admin   •   September 22, 2016   •   4961

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Aside from hundreds of closed circuit television cameras scattered all over Metro Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will start using drones to monitor the traffic and flood situations in Metro Manila.

MMDA OIC Chairman Tim Orbos says new technologies can greatly help the government to easily send aid to anyone in need.

This will help give the MMDA a broader view for faster and orderly traffic management at congested areas especially along EDSA. And Orbos sees drones as a significant tool in assessing the damage caused by flood and other calamities.

But Orbos clarifies that they will just rent two drones because it is the cheaper and more practical way to do it.

“Imagine how much money you can save with a drone that can go around and see where your esteros go. We don’t have yet any clear and accurate mapping of our esteros,” Orbos said.

The MMDA has frequently partnered with UNTV when the agency needed drones to use especially when MMDA conducted the metro wide shake drill.

Two shakedrills have passed and the MMDA continue partnering with UNTV in utilizing the drones.

The MMDA also asked for the help of the private sector to give suggestions in solving the flood and traffic problem in the metro.

“We’re looking at new technology as well from the private sector hopefully to help us come out with unique solutions. It’s not only traffic management but were looking also like flood-control solid waste,” said Orbos.

The MMDA will form a group that will receive suggestions and proposals coming from the private sector. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

Number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5.

The MMDA also clarified that the planned modified number coding scheme will still push through, although the exact date of its implementation is yet to be determined.

The MMDA explained that the new law on traffic still has to go through the legal process before it gets to be published in major newspapers to inform the public of its implementation.

Under the modified number coding scheme, private vehicles may still go on trip even if their car plate numbers are under a certain day-code as long as the passengers on board are not lesser than two.

Medical frontliners are exempted from the scheme.

On the other hand, Makati City will already be implementing the number coding scheme effective Monday, June 1. Vehicles that have two or more passengers will be exempted from the scheme. (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

Mabigat na trapiko, naranasan sa Metro Manila sa unang araw ng pagbabalik-operasyon ng mga kumpanya

Robie de Guzman   •   May 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mabigat na trapiko ang naranasan sa ilang lansangan sa Metro Manila ngayong Lunes, Mayo 18 kasunod ng pagbabalik-operasyon ng ilang kumpaya sa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr. sa Ito ang Balita, partikular na naranasan ang mabagal na daloy ng mga sasakyan sa Marcos Highway na boundary ng mga lungsod ng Pasig at Antipolo.

Ayon kay Edison “Bong” Nebrija, ang EDSA Traffic Czar ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), bumigat ang trapiko dahil sa ipinatutupad pa ring quarantine control points o checkpoints.

Mas naging dama aniya ang bagal ng galaw ng trapiko dahil sa mataas na volume ng sasakyang nasa kalsada ngayong araw kumpara noong naka-ECQ pa ang Metro Manila at mas limitado ang mga taong pinapayagang lumabas ng kanilang tahanan.

“Iba na y’ong volume ng vehicles kapag nasa general community quarantine at saka MECQ. Mas marami na po ngayon at very significant y’ong naging delay sa mga checkpoint because of the volume. Siyempre, marami po talaga mag-i-inspect saka hahaba po talaga y’ong queueing na tinatawag,” ani Nebrija.

Nasa ilalim na ng MECQ ang ilang lugar, kabilang na ang Metro Manila simula noong May 16.

Sa ilalim ng hakbang na ito, pinapayagan ang pagbalik ng kalahating porsyento ng operasyon at workforce ng mga negosyo at opisina ngunit obligado silang magpatupad ng safety at health protocols.

Kailangan ding maghanda sila ng shuttle bus o kaya ay mga pribadong sasakyan na maghahatid-sundo sa mga empleyado lalo’t suspindido pa rin ang operasyon ng public transportation sa ilalim ng MECQ.

Gayunman, limitado lang ang maaaring isakay rito at kailangang nakasunod sa physical distancing ang mga pasahero sang-ayon sa guidelines na inilabas ng Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID.)

Bunsod nito, mas dumami ang mga sasakyang bumibiyahe sa Metro Manila, pati na ang mga nagbibisikleta sa kalye.

Ayon kay Nebrija, inaasahan na nila ito dahil sa limited seating capacity ng mga sasakyang papayagang bumiyahe sa ilalim ng MECQ.

Upang matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga taong pipiliing mag-bisikleta na lamang papasok sa kanilang trabaho, sinabi ng MMDA official na pinag-uusapan na ng mga kinauukulang ahensiya ang paglalagay ng “protected bike lanes” sa kahabaan ng EDSA.

“It’s on the table already na papaano natin bibigyan ng bike lane; hindi lang basta-basta bike lane lalong lalo na sa EDSA kundi protected bike lane,” ani Nebrija.

“Kasi ‘pag nag-transition na tayo sa GCQ, everybody will be there and we do not want na ma-mix y’ong mga bisikleta sa with private vehicles, public transport or motorcycles,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, nilinaw rin ni Nebrija na nananatiling suspindido ang number coding scheme sa Metro Manila upang magamit ng mga empleyado ang pribado nilang sasakyan sa pagpasok sa trabaho. – RRD

MMDA sanctions employees violating ‘no back-riding policy’ amid ECQ

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it has sanctioned some of its employees for violating measures being implemented under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim on Wednesday said he ordered penalties and administrative sanctions against errant employees who defy the mandatory measures enforced to contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

On April 29, three MMDA traffic personnel were placed under 30-day preventive suspension for violating the “no back-riding” policy amid the ECQ based on a number of complaints posted on Facebook.

These employees were identified as Traffic Aide 3 Enrico Garcia, Traffic Aide 1 Dominic Acunin, and Traffic Aide 3 Angelito Diendo Jr.

Garcia was reported to have ridden a motorcycle with Acunin as his backride along EDSA corner Timog Avenue in Quezon City on April 25.

Diendo, meanwhile, was suspended for driving his motorcycle with his daughter along Commonwealth Avenue on April 25.

The MMDA said the three personnel were issued traffic violation ticket with a penalty of P5,000.

“We are very serious in our battle against COVID-19. We cannot afford to waste the agency’s efforts because of some employees who are blatantly disregarding the ECQ guidelines,” Lim said.

“We do not condone recklessness and grave misconduct of our personnel that’s why we ordered sanctions against them,” he added.

The ‘no back-ride policy’ is part of physical distancing measures being implemented during the quarantine period, in accordance with the Republic Act 11332.

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