Provincial bus ban dry run suspended—MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2019   •   1544

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Monday (May 6) the temporary suspension of the dry run on the provincial bus ban along EDSA.

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said there is a pending meeting among officials from the MMDA, Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“We will continue with the dry run once the guidelines and implementing rules have been ironed out by the three agencies involved,” Garcia said in a statement.

Mabigat na trapiko, naranasan sa Metro Manila sa unang araw ng pagbabalik-operasyon ng mga kumpanya

Robie de Guzman   •   May 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mabigat na trapiko ang naranasan sa ilang lansangan sa Metro Manila ngayong Lunes, Mayo 18 kasunod ng pagbabalik-operasyon ng ilang kumpaya sa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr. sa Ito ang Balita, partikular na naranasan ang mabagal na daloy ng mga sasakyan sa Marcos Highway na boundary ng mga lungsod ng Pasig at Antipolo.

Ayon kay Edison “Bong” Nebrija, ang EDSA Traffic Czar ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), bumigat ang trapiko dahil sa ipinatutupad pa ring quarantine control points o checkpoints.

Mas naging dama aniya ang bagal ng galaw ng trapiko dahil sa mataas na volume ng sasakyang nasa kalsada ngayong araw kumpara noong naka-ECQ pa ang Metro Manila at mas limitado ang mga taong pinapayagang lumabas ng kanilang tahanan.

“Iba na y’ong volume ng vehicles kapag nasa general community quarantine at saka MECQ. Mas marami na po ngayon at very significant y’ong naging delay sa mga checkpoint because of the volume. Siyempre, marami po talaga mag-i-inspect saka hahaba po talaga y’ong queueing na tinatawag,” ani Nebrija.

Nasa ilalim na ng MECQ ang ilang lugar, kabilang na ang Metro Manila simula noong May 16.

Sa ilalim ng hakbang na ito, pinapayagan ang pagbalik ng kalahating porsyento ng operasyon at workforce ng mga negosyo at opisina ngunit obligado silang magpatupad ng safety at health protocols.

Kailangan ding maghanda sila ng shuttle bus o kaya ay mga pribadong sasakyan na maghahatid-sundo sa mga empleyado lalo’t suspindido pa rin ang operasyon ng public transportation sa ilalim ng MECQ.

Gayunman, limitado lang ang maaaring isakay rito at kailangang nakasunod sa physical distancing ang mga pasahero sang-ayon sa guidelines na inilabas ng Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID.)

Bunsod nito, mas dumami ang mga sasakyang bumibiyahe sa Metro Manila, pati na ang mga nagbibisikleta sa kalye.

Ayon kay Nebrija, inaasahan na nila ito dahil sa limited seating capacity ng mga sasakyang papayagang bumiyahe sa ilalim ng MECQ.

Upang matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga taong pipiliing mag-bisikleta na lamang papasok sa kanilang trabaho, sinabi ng MMDA official na pinag-uusapan na ng mga kinauukulang ahensiya ang paglalagay ng “protected bike lanes” sa kahabaan ng EDSA.

“It’s on the table already na papaano natin bibigyan ng bike lane; hindi lang basta-basta bike lane lalong lalo na sa EDSA kundi protected bike lane,” ani Nebrija.

“Kasi ‘pag nag-transition na tayo sa GCQ, everybody will be there and we do not want na ma-mix y’ong mga bisikleta sa with private vehicles, public transport or motorcycles,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, nilinaw rin ni Nebrija na nananatiling suspindido ang number coding scheme sa Metro Manila upang magamit ng mga empleyado ang pribado nilang sasakyan sa pagpasok sa trabaho. – RRD

MMDA builds own isolation facility for personnel exposed to COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   May 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it has put up an isolation facility to accommodate its employees exposed to cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  

The 80-square meter facility with 48-bed capacity was built within the agency’s headquarters in Makati.

“We have built our own COVID-19 isolation facility for asymptomatic MMDA personnel,” MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said in a statement.

“This facility will serve as temporary holding area for our employees who need to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine in accordance with the Department of Health’s protocols,” he added.

The facility has been divided into two sections: one for those with negative rapid test result and the other for those with positive result and/or awaiting confirmatory tests.

The MMDA said that 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 will be regularly cleaned and sanitized, it added.

The Agency’s COVID-19 Committee, in coordination with the Medical Clinic and Administrative Services, will be managing the isolation facilities.

“An MMDA employee exposed to a COVID-19 case without any symptom will be made to undergo rapid test at MMDA, and when the result is negative, the employee will be admitted to the isolation facility for the mandatory 14 day quarantine period as a precautionary measure per DOH protocol,” Lim said.

Those who will manifest symptoms will be immediately referred to an appropriate COVID-19 facility, he added.

MMDA sanctions employees violating ‘no back-riding policy’ amid ECQ

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it has sanctioned some of its employees for violating measures being implemented under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim on Wednesday said he ordered penalties and administrative sanctions against errant employees who defy the mandatory measures enforced to contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

On April 29, three MMDA traffic personnel were placed under 30-day preventive suspension for violating the “no back-riding” policy amid the ECQ based on a number of complaints posted on Facebook.

These employees were identified as Traffic Aide 3 Enrico Garcia, Traffic Aide 1 Dominic Acunin, and Traffic Aide 3 Angelito Diendo Jr.

Garcia was reported to have ridden a motorcycle with Acunin as his backride along EDSA corner Timog Avenue in Quezon City on April 25.

Diendo, meanwhile, was suspended for driving his motorcycle with his daughter along Commonwealth Avenue on April 25.

The MMDA said the three personnel were issued traffic violation ticket with a penalty of P5,000.

“We are very serious in our battle against COVID-19. We cannot afford to waste the agency’s efforts because of some employees who are blatantly disregarding the ECQ guidelines,” Lim said.

“We do not condone recklessness and grave misconduct of our personnel that’s why we ordered sanctions against them,” he added.

The ‘no back-ride policy’ is part of physical distancing measures being implemented during the quarantine period, in accordance with the Republic Act 11332.

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