QC gov’t, MMDA eye zipper lane, road diversion along Commonwealth Ave.

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2020   •   1181

A dry-run for the planned implementation of a zipper lane and road diversion along Commonwealth Avenue will be conducted starting December 31, 2020, the Quezon City government announced.

In an advisory on Wednesday, the city government said the dry-run, which will be conducted from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), will last until January 3, 2021.

Starting December 31, a dry-run for a proposed zipper lane will be opened from the Luzon Avenue-Tandang Sora Avenue area; while on Saturday, January 2, another entrance will be opened in front of UP-Ayala Technohub.

The zipper lane will end at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue eastbound and University Avenue leading to the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

Motorists can turn left to enter UP and proceed to C.P. Garcia Ave. and onwards, and by-passing the heavily congested stretch of Philcoa until North Avenue during weekday morning rush hours.

Vehicles coming from the Elliptical Road will have to turn right to University Avenue and make a U-turn in the crossing of University Avenue and C.P. Garcia Avenue to re-enter Commonwealth Avenue.

The implementation of the zipper lane and road diversion aims to alleviate the heavy traffic along Commonwealth Avenue amid the ongoing construction of MRT-7 and other Build, Build, Build projects of the national government.

The city government noted that traffic build-up is usually experienced from the Don Antonio area up to Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) westbound during rush hours.

“Since the MRT-7 construction in the Elliptical Road-North Avenue interchange will be extended for another two months, we will have to devise ways to ease up the flow of traffic especially after the holiday season,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement.

The initiative is also meant to give an alternative route to motorists.

The city government assured that traffic enforcers, signages, and barriers will be properly installed in the areas to guide motorists in this alternative traffic scheme.

Additional manpower from the MMDA and the MRT-7 contractor will also be deployed to ensure smooth traffic flow.

The city government hopes the measure will help lessen the buildup along Commonwealth Avenue towards QMC and shorten the travel time of most motorists.

MMDA implements 30-min heatstroke break for traffic enforcers, street sweepers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has implemented a 30-minute break for traffic law enforcers and street sweepers to prevent them from having heatstroke.

The country has been experiencing intense heat in the past few days. On Thursday (May 6), the heat index in Science Garden in Quezon City reached 40 degrees Celsius. Due to this, the MMDA will be implementing a 30-minute heatstroke break policy.

For traffic law enforcers on duty from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. can take their 30-minute break from 10:00-10:30 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For traffic law enforcers on duty from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., they can take their break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Street sweepers assigned from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. can take their break from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while personnel on duty from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., can take a break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, in a statement, said one of the agency’s main concerns is the safety and welfare of its personnel. Apart from the 30-minute break, there will also be an additional 15-minute break if temperatures rose to 40 degrees Celsius.

“Our personnel’s safety is our paramount concern. This special heat stroke break is available for traffic enforcers and street sweepers who work under the dry season’s searing heat and protect them from heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and heat cramps,” he said.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) 18 areas in the country hit dangerous levels in the heat index with temperatures ranging from 41 to 47 degrees Celsius.

The state weather bureau also reminded that individuals can experience heat cramps and heat exhaustion which can lead to heatstroke if the temperature further rises to 54 degrees Celsius. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)

 

MMDA extends suspension of truck ban in Metro Manila until May 14

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has extended the suspension of the truck ban in Metro Manila until May 14.

The MMDA said this is to ensure the unhampered movement of essential goods. Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces are still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) after President Rodrigo Duterte announced its extension on Wednesday evening (April 28).

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The said suspension of the truck ban, however, will only be imposed in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila except on EDSA and Roxas Blvd. AAC

MMDA clarifies community pantries urged to coordinate with LGUs, permits not required

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has clarified that the agency is only urging community pantries to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) and is not requiring them to apply for a permit.

On Wednesday (April 28), MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia reiterated helping fellowmen should not require any permits.

What needs to be done, Garcia added, is to make sure that the people queueing in community pantries should be safe from getting infected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and other health protocols.

Ang nilabas lang nating resolution is ‘urging strongly’ ang ating organizers makipag-coordinate sa ating LGUs, barangay, sa mga mayor nila para at least ang minimum health protocol maipatupad natin (The resolution only said that it ‘urging strongly’ the organizers to coordinate with LGUs, barangay, mayors so that, at least, the minimum health protocol is implemented), he said.

Garcia said the MMDA only seeks to provide assistance to the organizers of community pantries in keeping the people safe from the virus spread. AAC

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