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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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MMDA lifts number coding scheme for PUVs

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the number coding scheme is lifted on Tuesday, April 23.

This, however, covers all Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) ONLY.

In its official Twitter page, the MMDA said the order was to give way to the agency’s efforts to assist the commuting public who will be affected by the temporary closure of the MRT/LRT lines.

-Maris Federez

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MMDA traffic czar on enforcer in viral video: That’s grave threat

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2019

An MMDA enforcer is seen threatening a motorcycle rider for recording their a;altercation.

MANILA, Philippines — A video went viral on Facebook when a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcer took the key of a motorcycle rider.

In the said video, the said enforcer is seen threatening the motorist for taking a video of their road altercation.

“Bakit mo kinuha ang susi ko? Ano violation ko? (Why did you take my key? What is my violation?),” the rider asked after the traffic enforcer took his key and crossed the street.

The enforcer can be heard shouting back at the rider, “Mag-video ka, mag-video ka. Sasapakin kita, gusto mo magsuntukan tayo? (Go ahead and take a video. I will punch you, do you want to fight?).”

According to MMDA traffic czar Edison ‘Bong’ Nebrija, what the enforcer did was grave threat. Enforcers are also not allowed to take the key of motorists unless it is absolutely necessary.

“Hindi po allowed iyan, (That is not allowed) unless there is an intention to flee. But then again in this case, judgement call siguro ng enforcer na kunin ang susi. Maybe he deems na iyong motorista baka tatakbo. But nonetheless hindi po iyan SOP [Standard Operational Procedure], (it might have been the judgement call of the enforcer to take the key. Maybe he thinks the motorist will flee. But nonetheless, that is not SOP)” he said during an interview on UNTV’s Good Morning Kuya on Monday.

Nebrija reiterates that all traffic enforcers and tow truck operators are not allowed to climb into a motorist’s vehicle and take anything that belongs to the motorist.

He also said that they tracked down the location of the incident in Parañaque. With the help of the traffic head of Parañaque, Teddy Barandino, they were able to identify the traffic enforcer. Authorities will investigate the incident.

Meanwhile, motorists and traffic enforcers alike are encouraged to take videos during road altercations to help with the documentation of the incident. However, Nebrija added that both parties should not harass each other.

“We encourage that, na videohan ang mga enforcer namin (We encourage to take videos of our enforcers) , [but] not to the point na you will be harassing or you will be disrupting the apprehension itself,” he said.

Nebrija advise the motorists to also file formal complaints at their office aside from posting videos on Facebook.

“That’s the only way to make the due process complete or start the due process and eventually dismiss the enforcer,” he said.

For traffic enforcers, Nebrija reminds them to always be on top of the situation and never lose their temper.

“They should prevail as the cooler head in the altercation,” Nebrija said.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Estrella Service Road to be closed beginning March 23

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Tuesday that they will be partially closing Estrella Service Road in Makati beginning March 23.

This is to give way to the ongoing rehabilitation of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, according to MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia.

Garcia added that the closure will be from Gumamela Street to J.P. Rizal direction while the other direction going to Rockwell area will remain open to motorists.

“In preparation, roads in the vicinity of Estrella Bridge will be cleared of illegally-parked vehicles and other obstructions. Starting Monday, we are going to clear all alternate routes. We want to utilize all roads in the vicinity, ” said Garcia.   

As an alternative route, all vehicles coming from EDSA/Rockwell are advised to turn at Gumamela Street, left at Camia Street to JP Rizal to destination.

The closure is in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the local government of Makati.

The rehabilitation of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, aims to widen the bridge to four lanes from its present two lanes. Based on the timeline of the DPWH, the project will be completed in 2021. —Aileen Cerrudo

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