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Provincial bus ban dry run suspended—MMDA

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, May 6th, 2019

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.

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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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MMDA supports Isko’s ‘Pagkain sa Basura’ program

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

Manila Mayor-elect Francisco ‘Isko’ Moreno Domagoso | Courtesy : Facebook Page

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) supports Manila Mayor-elect Francisco ‘Isko’ Moreno Domagoso’s platforms including the ‘Pagkain sa Basura’ program.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said they will cooperate with the mayor elect to lessen the waste in Manila.

“Kami ay makikipagtulungan kay Isko Moreno para sa Maynila kung ano ang problema ng basura dito ay walang dahilan kung bakit hindi iyan maa-address kung tayo’y makikipatulungan sa mayor (We will cooperate with Isko Moreno for Manila. There is no reason it [garbage problem] will not be addressed if we cooperate with the mayor),” he said. 

According to MMDA’s Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office (FCSMO), 400 truckloads of garbage were collected from the Manila Bay cleanup. This is equal to 3,018 cubic meters of rubbish and silt collected from January 27 to May 17.

Lim assured they will continue the clearing operations on Manila’s waterways.

“Pati ang mga canal, drainage kine-clear natin iyan para iyong pagbaha, magtatag-ulan na naman so tuloy-tuloy ‘yan hindi tuwing bago magpasukan, (We will clear the canals, and drainage to avoid flooding during rainy season. So we will continue this before the school opens)” Lim added. 

The department also said they plan to install cisterns or tanks in preparation for the rainy season. However, they are still deciding on which areas to install them.

Lim reiterated that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) should coordinate with them in order to place cisterns in Manila.

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MMDA to consider ‘window hours’ for provincial buses on EDSA

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is considering allowing window hours for provincial buses on EDSA as implementation of bus ban remains uncertain.

According to MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia they are still uncertain if the traffic scheme will be implemented by June.

“I’m going to suggest this to LTFRB, baka pwede from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., pwedeng papasukin ‘yang provincial bus sa EDSA,” he said.

READ: MMDA: Edsa bus ban one of the best options in decongesting Metro Manila

The MMDA is still waiting for the go signal from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). 

“Definitely, we will not implement the policy if we are not ready,” Garcia said.


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