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MMDA willing to amend HOV scheme amid calls for suspension

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) targets to fully implement the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Policy along EDSA on August 23 amid mounting calls to suspend its implementation even from among lawmakers.

Buhay Partylist Representative Lito Atienza said, the MMDA should think of other ways to address the worsening traffic in the said major thoroughfare instead of implementing policies that would only burden the public more.

Some senators have earlier filed a resolution urging the agency to halt the policy’s enforcement, citing lack of public consultation and concerns on its efficacy.

The MMDA, in response, assures compliance if it receives an official order to suspend the scheme.

“Walang problema po. Susunod po kami kung ano po ang sinasabi sa batas. Sa amin po kung iyan ay dadalhin nila sa korte, siyempre sa stand namin kami ang tama. Sa stand nila, pwedeng sila ang tama. It’s not us to judge kung sino ang tama sa amin,” MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia.

Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday also assured that the MMDA is open to amending the HOV traffic scheme, citing confirmation from MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim that feedback from the public on the new policy will be reviewed by the Metro Manila Council.

Go said he trusts that all 17 mayors in Metro Manila will be able to arrive at an acceptable decision on the HOV.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, meanwhile, said the Palace is appealing to the public to give the HOV policy a chance to see if it is effective in addressing heavy traffic on EDSA.

“Let’s give it a chance. Lahat naman po ini-explore natin para magkaroon ng solusyon sa problema ng traffic,” he said.

GRAB Philippines, meanwhile, plans to set a dialogue with the MMDA to clarify the policy’s provisions. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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Higher penalty for illegal parking takes effect Jan. 7

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Personnel from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) swept down the service road of Roxas Boulevard in line with the agency’s new initiative against illegal parking.

Several motorists complained because the amount of penalty was indeed high not only for unauthorized parking but other traffic violations as well.

“Sana huwag naman ganoon kataas. Kasi katulad naming mga driver, nagpapa-receive kami sa mga sangay ng gobyerno tapos wala namang parking (space) iyang mga iyan. Paano naman mga driver, kawawa,” said Blas Vinluan.

“Wala pong magagawa kundi sumunod lng. Kaya lang nagkataon lang po talaga nagde-deliver lang po ako. Mabigat po iyon kasi gastusin rin po iyan,” Ralph de Leon said.

Aside from unattended vehicles, MMDA personnel also issued tickets for driver-less vehicles illegally parked along the service road.

Based on MMDA Regulation Number 18-008, attended but illegally parked vehicles will incur a fine of P1,000 from the previous P200.

Meanwhile, fines for unattended but illegally parked vehicles has been raised to P2,000 from the previous P500.

For road obstruction, the penalty has been raised to P1,000 from the previous P150.

For violation of the yellow lane policy, the penalty now is P1,000 from the previous P500.

The implementation of higher penalty for illegally parked vehicles has been deferred in December to give motorists enough time to adjust.

Apprehended drivers may pay the amount due at any Bayad Center or at the MMDA office within seven days from the day of apprehension. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Shoppers urged to consider mall distance to avoid heavy traffic

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2018


Mall goers

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Mall goers surge in major malls in the city for last-minute shopping, taking advantage of product discounts and promotions.

Some prefer restaurant dining to feel the season’s festive mood.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said a total of 19 malls stand along the entire stretch of EDSA from Caloocan to Pasay City.

Since November 5 this year, mall operating hours have been adjusted to comply with the order by the MMDA.

Currently, malls are open from 11:00 a.m. but it is up for the mall management to set up to what time they prefer to close.

The adjustments in mall operating hours take effect until January 14, 2019.

The MMDA encourages shoppers to go to the nearest mall and as much as possible refrain from going to malls that require long travel.

This is to avoid being stuck in heavy traffic as expected during holiday season. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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MMDA tells motorists to brace for heavy traffic ahead of weekend rush

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has advised motorists to prepare for heavy traffic situations starting Friday (December 21) amid the holiday rush.

MMDA expects the surge of passengers bound for the provinces in bus terminals tomorrow and the influx of last-minute shoppers in malls.

Friday night party events are also expected to contribute to traffic congestion especially in EDSA.

Based on the latest monitoring of the agency, the average speed recorded in EDSA nowadays is at 14 kilometers per hour which is expected to become even slower ahead of the weekend rush.

 “This is the last Friday. The most critical time talaga for Christmas are the two Fridays before Christmas…Maraming nagsasabi: “Last friday na ito. Maraming bibili,” Carmaggedon, diba? Expecting for the worst but hoping for the best. We will try to manage the best way we can,” said EDSA Traffic Czar Edison Nebrija.

Based on MMDA data, over 400,000 vehicles ply EDSA each day. This figure is way above EDSA’s road capacity of 288,000 vehicles.

For this reason, the MMDA calls on motorists to observe road discipline to avoid untoward incidents that can worsen the traffic situation in EDSA.

“Sana naman po sumunod naman tayo sa batas trapiko. Huwag na po kayong magmadali dahil sa bagal balewala po ang pagmamadali natin. Huwag nyo na pong isipin na kapag nasa isang lane kayo laging mabilis ang kabilang lane. Hindi po totoo iyon. Stick to your lane,” advised MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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