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Number coding scheme lifted from May 10 to 14 – MMDA

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday (May 8) suspended the implementation of number coding scheme for provincial buses in line with the 2019 Midterm Elections.

The measure, according to MMDA Chief Bong Nebrija, is to accommodate commuters traveling to and from the provinces during the the elections. 

Meanwhile, the MMDA added that the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program is automatically lifted for public and private vehicles during the weekend and on election day on Monday which was also declared a regular holiday.

The number coding scheme resumes on May 15, according to the MMDA. – Marje Pelayo

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MMDA chairman supports hazard pay for traffic enforcers

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim said he supports the implementation of hazard pay for traffic enforcers.

Lim added the department is already providing medicines and insurance but that does not cover casual and job order traffic enforcers. He welcomes the provision of hazard pay.

“Welcome na welcome po iyan. We have made some moves before para mag-request ng hazard pay, 18 years na. Every year naman gumagawa tayo ng recommendations para maayos yan, (That is very welcome. We have made some moves before to request hazard pay, for 18 years. We make recommendations every year to sort it out),” he said.

According to a study headed by scientist Emmanuel Baja, MMDA traffic enforcers face health risks which include high blood pressure and other heart and lung complications.

Researchers found lead, a toxic chemical, in the blood of 158 MMDA personnel assigned to EDSA from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Currently, the traffic enforcers don’t have any kind of hazard pay as part of their salary. This evidenced-based research could help them ask for certain compensation from the Department of Budget and Management and local government units,” according to Baja.

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PNP to implement number coding scheme in Camp Crame starting Monday

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

PNP – Headquarters in Camp Crame

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement a number coding scheme in Camp Crame starting Monday (June 3) due to limited parking space.

According to the PNP – Headquarters Support Service, vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 will not be allowed inside the police camp on Mondays, 3 and 4 on Tuesdays, 5 and 6 on Wednesdays, 7 and 8 on Thursdays, 9 and 0 on Fridays.

The coding scheme will be effective from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Chief of the Operations and Management Division of the PNP – Headquarters Support Service, Lt. Col. Ruben Andiso said Camp Crame has over 2,000 parking slots but more than 5,000 enter the police camp every day.

“Please be informed that the headquarters support service will be implementing unified vehicular volume reduction program o the number coding scheme within Camp BGen. Rafael Crame effective June 3, 2019,” he said.

Vehicles that will be exempted from the number coding scheme are police vehicles assigned in the National Headquarters, marked vehicles of PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), vehicles with government plates, foreign diplomats, vehicles with officer’s row stickers and marked vehicle of MMDA.(with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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2019 records highest voter turnout for midterm elections – DFA-OVS

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Overseas absentee voting in Singapore for the 2019 midterm elections

The Department of Foreign Affairs-Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) announced that the 2019 Senatorial and Party List Elections has reached a new milestone for overseas voting.

In a press release issued on Tuesday (May 28), the agency noted that “the 2019 elections can be seen as the culminating activity belonging to a three-year cycle, beginning with the voter registration in 2016, six months after the presidential elections.”

The 2016-2019 cycle witnessed an increase of interest in the elections among Filipinos abroad, bringing the total number of registered overseas voters to 1.8 million by the end of the registration period.

This is a big rise from the previous record-breaking number of overseas voter registrants for the 2014-2016 cycle, which saw a total of 1.3 million overseas voters.

The top 10 high voter turnout per Embassy or Consulate General were as follows:

  1. Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong (36,009)
  2. Philippine Consulate General in Dubai (28,487)
  3. Philippine Embassy in Singapore (25,110)
  4. Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi (15,806)
  5. Philippine Embassy in Kuwait (15,558)
  6. Philippine Embassy in Riyadh (14,616)
  7. Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah (11,484)
  8. Philippine Embassy in Tokyo (10,744)
  9. Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco (9,630)
  10. and Philippine Consulate General in New York (9,045)

The regional breakdown, on the other hand, had the Middle East and Africa taking the lead at 121,240 followed by the Asia Pacific at 113,139, the Americas at 54,834, and Europe at 45,715.

The agency admitted that the 2019 Midterm Elections overseas had also encountered several issues in the mailing of ballots to registered voters.

But despite the numerous difficulties on the conduct and management of elections overseas, the department said that all the personnel of the Philippine Foreign Service has successfully ushered a voter turnout of 334,928.

The statement affirms that “this makes the highest voter turnout for a midterm election and is second only to the 2016 Presidential Elections since the Overseas Voting Act was signed into law in 2003.”

“Similarly, this high turnout sustains the momentum coming from the 2016 presidential election cycle and will hopefully continue to set new milestones for the 2022 elections,” it added. /mbmf

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