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QC gov’t to strictly implement ban on fireworks, pyrotechnics in December

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The local government of Quezon City is just waiting for the completion of the Implementing Rules and Regulations or IRR of the ordinance banning the use of firecrackers in public areas before enforcing it next month.

The City Ordinance 2618 considers roads, alleys, parks, basketball courts, among others, as public areas.

According to the author of the law, 2nd District Councilor Rannie Ludovica, the new regulation aims to help the public avoid accidents, and reduce the pollution caused by firecrackers.

“The safety of ordinary citizens and motorists are threatened because of firecrackers being thrown on the road.  Imagine if you were driving and firecrackers are thrown at you or someone will put “sawa” (a long string of firecrackers) on the road,” QC 2nd District Coun. Rannie Ludovica said.

Under the ordinance, the city government will designate a community display area where residents could conduct fireworks display or pyrotechnics. One designated community display area is the Quezon Memorial Circle.

The regulation mandates the apprehension of individuals caught selling firecrackers without permits in public places.

First-time violators will face a penalty of community service.

Those who will be caught committing the violation twice will have to pay a fine of P1-thousand to P2-thousand with a community service.

Third-time violators will have to pay P5-thousand with imprisonment.

Some residents consider the ordinance as a convenience.

“It’s better if they will totally ban it so no one would get injured,” QC resident Adolfo Cogaya said.

“You will be shocked sometimes because you don’t know that the firecracker is already in front of you. Sometimes, you will get injured,” QC resident Benedicta Asis said.

Village chieftains will be in charge of monitoring the enforcement of the law.

It can be recalled that last June, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Number 28 which limits the use of firecrackers in the country to community fireworks display. – Macky Libradilla | UNTV News & Rescue

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LIST: QC Road closure, traffic rerouting scheme for SONA 2019

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) will implement road closure and traffic rerouting scheme on Monday, July 22 in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

In an advisory, Police Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel said motorists plying Batasan area will have to take alternate route on Monday due to the expected heavy traffic near the Batasang Pambansa Complex where the President will deliver his speech.

The QCPD said closure and traffic rerouting plan will be implemented in the following roads:

  • Starting 12 a.m. on July 22, the entire stretch of Commonwealth Avenue (north and southbound) from Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) /Philcoa to Fairview (Fairview Center Mall) will be cleared and illegally parked vehicles will be towed.
  • Commonwealth Avenue northbound shall be partially closed from Home Depot to the Sandiganbayan U-turn slot.
  • Southbound lanes of Commonwealth will remain open. Eastbound of IBP starting Filinvest 1 up to Sinagtala will be closed for traffic to give way to pro-administration rallyists and demonstrators.
  • At 6:00 AM, motorists coming from QMC to Fairview shall take Zipper Lane at the island breaker  in front  of Home Depot U turn-slot and take  inner lanes. The end and exit point of the Zipper Lane is at the island breaker of the Sandiganbayan U-turn slot. Likewise, motorists coming from Fairview to QMC shall traverse the usual southbound route.
  • At 2:30 PM, light vehicles from QMC to Fairview may take North Ave., turn right to Mindanao Ave., turn right to Old Sauyo Road, turn left to Chestnut St., turn right to Dahlia St., turn left to Fairlane St. then exit to Commonwealth Ave. to destination. Heavy vehicles should take Commonwealth Avenue.
  • All light vehicles from Fairview to QMC may turn right to  Fairlane St., turn right to Dahlia St., turn left to Chestnut St., turn right to Old Sauyo Road, turn right to Mindanao Ave., take U-turn at corner Quirino Highway  to Mindanao Ave., left turn North Ave. to QMC to destination. Heavy vehicles should take Commonwealth Avenue.
  • Light vehicles may also take right turn to Regalado Avenue, right turn to Old Sauyo Road, turn right to Mindanao Ave. take U-turn at Quirino Highway to Mindanao Ave. (Southbound) left turn North Ave to QMC to destination.
  • For vehicles along QMC, they may take right turn to North Ave., right turn to Mindanao Ave., right turn to Old Sauyo Road or Quirino Highway to destination.
  • At 4:00 PM, the entire stretch of IBP Road may lock down for traffic. All light vehicles will take alternate route from QMC to Filinvest 1 & 2, Brgy Bagong Silangan and some inner portions of Brgy. Batasan Hills shall take zipper lane at the island breaker in front of Home Depot U-turn slot and take inner lanes.
  • The end of the zipper lane is at the breaker of Sandiganbayan U-turn slot, then right turn on Litex Payatas Road, right turn on Abris St., right turn on bougainvillea St., right turn to Lower Jasmin St., right turn to Ilang Ilang St., left turn to Santan St., left to Sampaguita St., left turn to Violago Road and meters away right turn and enter the gate 3 of Filinvest 2, to Brgy. Bagong Silangan just follow Violago Road.
  • For those traveling to Filinvest 1, motorists should have an agreement with Filinvest 2 in order to pass by their subdivision to reach the Batasan-San Mateo Road then enter Kagawad St., right turn to resolution St., right turn to Senatorial St., right turn to Sinagtala St., left turn to Masbate or Cotabato St., left turn to Filinvest 1 Road and enter gate of Filivest 1 subdivision.
  • Light vehicles going to Filinvest 2, San Mateo Rizal and Marikina City may take alternate route from Commonwealth-Sandigan, turn right on Sinagtala St., turn right on Senatorial St., turn left on Resolution St., left turn on Kagawad Road then right turn on Batasan San Mateo Road.

The QCPD estimates that by 6 p.m. only the westbound lane of IBP Road leading to the Sandiganbayan underpass/tunnel shall be opened to VIPs exiting from the South Gate of the HOR going to Commonwealth Avenue.

However, the westbound lane from Litex to the HOR South Gate will remain closed until further notice.

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DOTr targets partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Proposed MRT 7 train

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is targeting the partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the project will definitely ease the burden of commuters as travel time from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan will reduce significantly from four hours to about 35 minutes once the project is completed.

On Wednesday (July 17), Batan and DOTr officials inspected MRT-7’s construction site in Quezon City to check the work in progress.

According to the project’s contractor San Miguel Corporation, the ongoing construction is already 44% complete which includes the train stations, platforms and the line where the railings will be placed.

The DOTr also announced that the procurement of 36 new train sets from South Korea has already been done.

MRT-7 is a 23-kilometer railway system that connects North Avenue in Quezon City to the province of Bulacan.

The train system traverses 14 stations namely North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose Del Monte.

It can load up to 500,000 passengers daily.

To prevent similar glitches as those in MRT Line 3, the DOTr is in close coordination with the agency’s private partners in terms of the regular maintenance of the MRT-7.

Usec. Batan said the completion of the entire project is expected in 2022. – with details from Joan Nano

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Authorities conduct clearing operations in Balintawak, QC

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

MMDA personnel confiscate goods of illegal vendors at a wet market in Balintawak, Quezon City

The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) conducted clearing operations in Balintawak, Quezon City on Wednesday (July 10).

This is for a stricter implementation of the anti-illegal parking and anti-illegal vendor in the city.

The Chief of Traffic Operations Division of the (QC DPOS) Dexter Cardenas said the heavy tarffic in EDSA-Balintawak is due to these vendors and illegally parked vehicles.

“Nagdadagsaan ang maraming tao, namamalengke [ang] mga wholesalers, mga retailers. So malaki iyong activities kaya pagdating ng umaga, makikita mo ang daming kalat, ang daming nakaparada, (So people flock here to shop including wholesalers and retailers. There are a lot of activities that by morning, you can see trash and parked vehicles),” he said.

Cardenas added that it is difficult for them to remove the stalls of illegal vendors since they will lose their livelihood.

He calls on these vendors to cooperate with the authorities for the safety and order of Quezon City.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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