Number coding lifted from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2 for provincial buses – MMDA
Robie de Guzman • December 20, 2019 • 1419
MANILA, Philippines – The number coding scheme for provincial buses will be lifted during the holiday season, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced.
In a memorandum dated December 16 signed by MMDA assistant general manager for operations Roberto Almadin, the agency said the scheme is suspended from December 23, 24, 26, 27 and 31, 2019 and on January 2, 2020.
The MMDA said this is to accommodate more passengers that may travel to provinces and back to spend the holidays.
The agency did not include the dates December 25 and 30, 2019 and January 1, 2020 as these are regular holidays when the number coding scheme is automatically suspended. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
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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