QC gov’t rids Cubao area of dirt, stench

Maris Federez   •   August 12, 2019   •   571

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

4 suspected robbers killed in QC shootout

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Four suspects in a robbery incident were killed in a shootout with police in Payatas Road, Quezon City early Tuesday morning.

According to the Batasan Police Station, they were patrolling the area at around 3 a.m. when they received a report about a robbery incident in a convenience store and gasoline station involving the suspects.

Responding police officers engaged the suspects in a brief gunfight that led to the death of the purported robbers.

Prior to the encounter, workers at the gasoline station said the four suspects, wearing black masks and helmets, arrived in the area on board two motorcycles and declared a hold-up.

“Hinawakan po ako sa leeg tapos pinadapa po ako. Tapos kinuha na po ang pera ng company tapos kasama yung cellphone,” recounted Elmer Boduan, who works as a cashier at the gasoline station.

While two of the suspects were robbing the gasoline station, their two other cohorts entered the convenience store, pulled a gun at its workers and forcibly took the money from the cash register and a mobile phone.  

“May dalang baril po yung lalaki papunta sa akin. Tumakbo ako. Tumago ako. Sabi niya sa akin, ‘Labas ka diyan. Buksan mo y’ong kaha ninyo,’” said Vanessa Epis, the store’s cashier.

The alleged robbers then fled with at least P19,000 in cash and two mobile phones.

Their escape, however, turned into a chase after police officers spotted and pursued them along Payatas Road.

The suspects allegedly opened fire but police retaliated and gunned them down.

Recovered from the scene were four .38 caliber revolver, two motorcycles, one mobile phone, a digital weighing scale and four sachets of suspected shabu.

Police said the slain suspects are yet to be identified. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

LRT2 resumes partial operation for Cubao-Recto route

Marje Pelayo   •   October 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Authority has announced the resumption of partial operations of its train service from Cubao to Recto and back starting Tuesday (October 8).

In a statement, LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said they have completed the safety checks on the unaffected section of the train system.

“Thorough safety checks have been completed, and the signaling, telecommunications, power supply systems, tracks and the trains for these stations have been cleared and in normal condition. Hence, we are now ready to serve the riding public,” he said.

However, the LRTA has made adjustments to the train service schedule to give way to maintenance works.

Train operations will start late at 6:00AM from the previous 4:30AM and will close early at 8:30PM from the previous 10:30PM, according to the LRTA.

Specifically, Cubao station will be open from 6:00AM to 8:30PM while Recto Station will accept commuters from 6:00AM to 9:00PM only.

“We appeal to our passengers to allot an additional hour for their journeys since speed restrictions and a limited number of trains will be fielded to ensure passenger safety and the sufficiency of the power supply coming from the remaining rectifier substations,” Berroya stressed.

To serve the affected passengers, point-to-point buses (P2P) will be fielded at Masinag, Emerald and Santolan stations to and from Legarda starting Tuesday.

Likewise, 40 modernized public utility vehicles (PUVs) will be stationed to ferry passengers taking Santolan-Legarda route.

Meanwhile, a bus service loop will also be available at Santolan, Katipunan, Anonas and Cubao.

These PUVs and buses will operate from 5:30 AM to 9:00 PM daily.

Fare rate will be P15 from Santolan to Cubao and P25 from Masinag to Legarda.

Meanwhile, free rides from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will be available daily from 7:00AM to 7:00PM from Santolan to Cubao and back.

As of press time, tracks that connect Santolan, Katipunan and Anonas stations remain closed as the power supply and signaling systems in the said three stations are still down.

Angkas operation to be expanded nationwide

Maris Federez   •   October 4, 2019

With the worsening traffic condition in Metro Manila, motorcycle taxi service such as Angkas has become a catchword among commuters.

For some passengers, riding a motorcycle taxi is way better than riding a transport network vehicle service (TNVS) that still get stuck in traffic.

They say it is safer, faster and convenient — and the riders are professional.

Angkas Operations and Public Affairs head, George Ortega, said that based on their monitoring, their passengers have increased in the past weeks.

“Especially now that it’s going into the BER months. So it’s really traffic going into nearing December so it’s really more people are trying it out,” he said.

To date, Angkas has 27,000 member riders in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu.

The motorcycle taxi riding service is now under the 6-month trial run which will end in December.

The result of the trial will determine whether it will be given the approval to continue to officially operate.

And this early, Angkas is already planning its expansion nationwide once its operation is legalized.

It is targeting to extend service in Davao City, in Cagayan de Oro City, and in Batangas.

“Traffic is not exclusive in Metro Manila. It’s not just a Metro Manila problem. It’s a problem for every city progressing. Every successful city will experience congestion at some point in time,” Ortega said. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

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