New I-ACT to focus on traffic woes in NCR and nearby provinces

UNTV News   •   September 6, 2017   •   4606

Commonwealth Avenue construction of the MRT line 7

Commonwealth Avenue construction of the MRT line 7

MANILA, Philippines — Heavy traffic has already been the norm across many areas in the country especially during holiday season.

To address this, the government launched a new Inter-Agency Council for Traffic or I-ACT which now has more functions.

Under the new I-ACT, more than 6,000 traffic law enforcers will be deployed on major roads. These enforcers will come from the PNP-Highway Patrol Group, Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), local government units and barangay officials.

The I-ACT will first address the problem on traffic along Commonwealth Avenue, simultaneous with the start of the construction of the MRT line 7.

Afterwards, I-ACT will fix the heavy traffic on C5 Road, Alabang-Zapote Road, Roxas Boulevard and airport loop.

However, I-ACT said these priorities does not mean it will neglect the problem on traffic along EDSA.

“That doesn’t mean that we will no longer help in other areas. In terms of deployment, I-ACT will help first in Commonwealth, then we move into other areas. Of course we all say that EDSA is the flagship, the premium road but you know EDSA can be lessen , if other major roads are also managed,” DOTr Road Transport USec. Thomas Orbos said.

Aside from Metro Manila, I-ACT will also focus on addressing heavy traffic in Cavite, Rizal, Laguna and Bulacan.

I-ACT’s mandate also include anti-illegal parking operations, sidewalk clearing operations and anti-colorum operations.

“Kahit anong gawin nila,andyan na yang MRT di mawala yan, Sumikip na yung daan eh, EDSA nga nagkalat traffic enforcers di mawala wala dito pa na may ginagawa,” said taxi driver Arvin Morales.

“Sa traffic na yan wala naman sila, minsan nandito kami iilan lang nasa kalsada, sana kung marami sila dito sana gawin nila trabaho nila yung maayos,” said jeepney driver Wendell Sincero.

Also helping I-ACT would be the Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Interior and Local Government.

With this, the government agencies will address the heavy traffic resulting from the construction of infrastructures, as well as the existing traffic policies in each local government unit.

However, I-ACT could not promise yet that the traffic in major road will be completely addressed at the soonest possible time.

“In terms of easing the traffic, that’s a false promise. But we can manage it. You can expect the government to take steps that would ease the problem or manage the problem,” said Orbos. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

Construction of elevated busways to begin in four months — MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The construction of the elevated busways in several areas along EDSA will begin in four months, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to submit the design by next week.

After the design submission, Abalos said the bidding process will begin.

“We have to go [through] the process of bidding of procurement which is about 3-4 months. Give us four months matatapos na po ito (it will be completed). Gagawin namin ito sa corner ng (We will construct this at the corner of) Quezon City and Caloocan.” 

The MMDA said the elevated busway is among the solutions to ease traffic along EDSA.

“There is only one way to beat this. It’s what we called the elevated bus ramps,” Abalos added.

The MMDA chairman said the agency has around P200 million budget from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Quezon City local government to fund the said project.

The agency is also looking for more ways to further increase its budget for the construction of the busways. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

PNP, PDEA to form board of inquiry after gunfight along Commonwealth Avenue

Robie de Guzman   •   February 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A joint board of inquiry, comprised of personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), will be formed to look into the gunfight that transpired between its members near the Ever Gotesco Mall along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on Wednesday night.

“In the interest of determining the truth behind the incident, a joint PNP-PDEA Board of Inquiry will be formed to determine what transpired and who should be held liable,” the PNP Public Information Office (PIO) said in a statement.

The PNP-PIO added that Police chief General Debold Sinas has appointed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) as the lead investigating body, while the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been designated “to speak on any updates from the PNP in order to keep the public updated with accurate and relevant information.”

The shooting incident between police officers and anti-illegal drug operatives was said to have occurred in an area outside of the mall early Wednesday night.

The mall management said that its shoppers were safe inside its premises when the incident happened and asked the public to refrain from sharing any unconfirmed information online.

The gunfight left several casualties but it remains unclear how and why it transpired as the PNP and PDEA have yet to disclose information about the incident.

Following the gunfight, PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said their agents were on a legitimate operation in the area but appealed to the media to allow them time to obtain clear details about the incident.

“Sa ngayon, isa lang po ang malinaw, na ang PDEA Special Enforcement Service ay nandoon on a legitimate operation po. ‘Yun lang ang alam namin at this point,” he said in a message to reporters.

Meanwhile, the PNP and PDEA both assured the public that the incident, while serious,  “will in no way affect the continuing operational relationship and coordination they have long firmed up in the fight against illegal drugs.”

Shooting incident stalls traffic near mall along Commonwealth Ave.

Robie de Guzman   •   February 24, 2021

Photo by Rapid Uno Gonzales

Vehicular traffic along Commonwealth Avenue was temporarily stopped early Wednesday night following a shooting incident reported near the Ever Gotesco Mall, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory, the MMDA said traffic on the eastbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue was temporarily stopped due to the armed encounter.

[Admin 24] MMDA UPDATE: Shooting incident at Commonwealth Ave. Ever Gotesco EB involving PNP as of 6:57 PM. Temporarily…

Posted by MMDA on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The MMDA said the shooting incident was still ongoing around 6:57 p.m. with police officers at the scene.

“Ongoing zipper lane on WB side bound to Fairview. PNP and MMDA on site,” the agency said.

The management of the Ever Gotesco mall in Commonwealth have confirmed reports of a shootout outside of the mall but did not provide any information about the incident.

“We have secured all access to the mall so all shoppers are safe inside. Our priority right now is to ensure the safety of the employees and the public,” the mall said in a statement.

“The management is closely coordinating with the PNP of the current situation. Please bear with us as we allow with the authorities to handle the situation,” it added.

The mall management also urged the public to “exercise caution in sharing unconfirmed information online.”

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