QC gov’t rids Cubao area of dirt, stench

Maris Federez   •   August 12, 2019   •   679

The Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management on Monday (August 12) conducted a clean-up drive on the sidewalks within Cubao area.

The group cleaned up not just the obvious obstructions on the streets but also the filth and foul smell in the area.

Barangay E. Rodriguez fire brigade sprayed water on the sidewalks along Aurora Blvd. up to EDSA.

“Sobra po kasing mabaho diyan, mapanghi. Yung mga dumadaan po, sila rin po ang umiihi diyan, [the stench of urine is too strong. The passersby are the ones urinating here],” a resident in the area said.

The team did not stop until the area is free of stench.

They also confiscated the merchandise of illegal vendors that cause inconvenience to pedestrians.

QC traffic czar Atty. Ariel Inton noted the disorderly parking spaces of establishments in the area that cause traffic congestion along Aurora Blvd.

“Sa isang pag-aaral namin, itong Aurora Boulevard, walang loading and unloading zone ng mga jeepney. Tapos ‘tong mga naka-park na sasakyan, imagine how many are those parked along Aurora na labas pasok; at bawat labas pasok sa kitid ng Aurora, eh babarahan mo ‘yan [As we noted, Aurora Blvd has no loading and unloading zones for jeepneys. And these vehicles parked here, imagine how many are those parked along Aurora. They cause congestion],” Inton said.

Because of this, the QC local government has vowed to strictly implement the laws pertaining to cleanliness and orderliness in the city.

Atty. Inton hopes that this will serve as a warning to the public to abide by the laws and help in maintaining the city clean. (with reports from Asher Cadapan) /mbmf

QC gov’t moves ban on single-use plastics in restos, hotels to July 1

Robie de Guzman   •   February 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City government on Friday (February 21), said it has moved to July 1 the implementation of its ordinance banning the use of single-use or disposable plastics in restaurants and hotels in the city.

In a statement, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the deferment of the ban’s enforcement is to give restaurants and hotels more time to adjust their dine-in logistics in compliance with the policy.

Ordinance No. SP-2876, S-2019 was supposed to be implemented on February 15 but it was moved in consideration of concerns surrounding logistics, safety and hygiene, requirements and other issues involving day-to-day operations.

“We understand the situation and concerns of the establishments so we will give them ample time to comply,” Belmonte said.

The postponement of the ban’s implementation was recommended by the city’s Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) following a series of dialogues with stakeholders, including restaurants, fast-food chains, and hotels.

EPWMD head Andrea Villaroman said the policy’s enforcement was deferred, provided that stakeholders would come up with a transition plan detailing concrete steps to be undertaken to comply with the said regulation.

The plan, which will be submitted within 30 days from February 15, will include the introduction of recovery and recycling mechanisms for single-use plastics/disposable materials.

“The transition plan should also cover the hotel and restaurants’ amenities indicating the hotel’s and restaurant’s timeline for procurement and attaching the industry standards and hotel/restaurant international regulations as justification for the amenities without alternatives due to sanitation concerns,” Villaroman said.

“It shall also include additional details on single-use plastic/disposable materials used by restaurants/hotels for hygienic and food safety purposes and its appropriate recovery/recycling mechanisms,” she added.

Ordinance No. 2876 prohibits the distribution and/or use of single-use plastics/disposable materials, including cutlery for dine-in purposes, in all hotels and restaurants in Quezon City.

The ban covers the use of throw-away plates, spoons, forks, cups, and other plastic and paper disposables.

The EPWMD also said it is coordinating with the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) to develop the recovery and recycling mechanisms for residual plastics and disposable materials, which can address those single-use wastes not covered by the Ordinance.

The Quezon City government on January 1 started the implementation of the Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance, which is now mostly being followed by establishments.

Villaroman said personnel of EPWMD’s Climate Change team will be deputized to issue notices of violation or environmental violation tickets.

Metro Manila traffic ranks second-worst in the world

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 30, 2020

The Metro Manila traffic congestion ranks second-worst among the 416 cities in the TomTom Traffic Index 2019.

Based on the report, the congestion level in Metro Manila is at 71% where motorists lose 257 hours, or 10 days and 17 hours per year.

Time lost during rush hour will have an additional 29 minutes per 30-minute trip in the morning and 38 minutes additional per 30-minute trip in the evening.

The congestion level by roads is at 73% on highways and 70% on non-highways.

The highest traffic congestion was recorded on August 16 with a 107% congestion level.

The report also said, “travelling after 7 PM on Friday could save you up to 5 hours per year (for a 30-minute commute).”

The traffic index collected 306,409,293 km of road data in Metro Manila.—AAC

DPWH: EDSA traffic congestion to be reduced by 20-30% in 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the traffic congestion on EDSA might be reduced by 20-30% as several infrastructure projects are set to be completed by 2020.

The DPWH said that once the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is completed by April, there would be a reduction of around 100,000 vehicles on EDSA.

This is apart from the 30,000 trucks set to be reduced once the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 opens in March.

“With the second half of this year, we will relieve EDSA of 20-30 percent. Malaki po ang (There is a lot of) improvement in EDSA and for the first year, starting this year and in subsequent years, we will see continued improvement along EDSA,” according to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

The department official also believes that once all the infrastructure projects are completed, EDSA’s vehicle capacity might return to 280,000 vehicles. At present, there are around 400,000 vehicles plying along EDSA everyday.

“I can say at this point, we will deliver in the promise to bring back EDSA to its original capacity,” Villar said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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