QC Task Force launches ‘Bayanihan sa Lansangan’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 20, 2019   •   464

The Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management has launched ‘Bayanihan sa Lansangan’ which will dispatch more buses in Commonwealth Avenue.

Aside from the severe traffic, there are also not enough buses for an estimated 30,000 – 40,000 commuters in the area.

Rene Hanolino, one of the commuters, said he spends time just waiting for a bus ride every morning.

“Mga 15 minutes, pinakamatagal na sa akin iyon, pag-aabang. Kasi talagang madami namang pasahero. Tiyaga lang naman (Around 15 minutes, that is the longest time I’ve waited because there are a lot of passengers. It takes patience),” he said.

During the first day of the implementation on Tuesday (Aug 20), authorities directed the passengers to where they should wait for buses.

Traffic czar of Quezon City Task Force For Transport And Traffic Management Ariel Inton said the heavy crowd of passengers waiting for a ride have begun to block the roads.

“Sa dami nila, bumabara sa mga private vehicles. Iyong mga bus naman, sinasalubong nila kasi dumadating dito iyong mga bus, punuan na (Because of their sheer number, they block the private vehicles. Other passengers try to get ahead by catching the bus before it reaches the stop, so its already full by the time it gets there ),” he said.

Inton added that the ‘Bayanihan sa Lansangan’ will be able to provide enough buses for passengers.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

MMDA officer carries sick child to hospital amid traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2020

Mit Javellana and her family were on their way to the hospital. Her son, Earl, was having chills due to high fever and was in need of medical attention.

But their car was not moving due to the severe traffic and they had no choice but to forcefully make their way through just to get to the hospital.

An MMDA officer, Jeremi Lukban, noticed and approached them.

“Nung malaman niyang papuntang ER, nag-offer siya na buhatin si Earl at naglakad na lang pa-ospital (When he learned that we are going to the ER, he offered to carry Earl and walked to the hospital),” Mit said in her Facebook post.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim lauded Lukban’s action and reminded the public to never hesitate to ask the MMDA for any assistance.

“Lagi tayong handang tumulong sa ating mga kababayan (We are always ready to help our fellowmen),” he said in his Facebook post.—AAC

LIST: Road closures in Manila due to Traslacion 2020

Robie de Guzman   •   January 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced the closure of some roads in Manila on January 9 to give way to the annual Traslacion event of the Catholic community.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the following roads will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic as these will serve as the procession’s route:

  • Quirino Grandstand
  • Katigbak Road thru Padre Burgos St.
  • Finance Road thru Ayala Boulevard
  • Palanca St.
  • Quezon Boulevard
  • Arlegui St.
  • Fraternal St.
  • Vergara St.
  • Duque de Alba St.
  • Castillejos St.
  • Farnecio St.
  • Arlegui St.
  • Nepomuceno St.
  • Concepcion Aguila St.
  • Carcer St.
  • Hidalgo thru Plaza Del Carmen
  • Bilibid Viejo thru Gil Puyat
  • JP De Guzman St.
  • Hidalgo St.
  • Quezon Boulevard
  • Palanca St. thru under Quezon Bridge
  • Villalobos thru Plaza Miranda

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said he has ordered these roads be cleared of obstruction and debris for the safety of the devotees.

He added that tents, plastic barriers and fences are also now being set up at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila where several activities in connection with the procession will be held.

The MMDA said it will deploy 1,000 personnel to help ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the procession.

“Our action plan is already in place. Aside from manpower, ambulances, road emergency vehicles, traffic mobile cars, and other necessary equipment will also be dispatched,” Lim said.

The agency will also position street sweepers and road clearing group members at the tail of the procession to immediately clear roads of all types of clutter.

Chinese national arrested, P800-M shabu seized from QC drug sting

Robie de Guzman   •   December 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Over P800-million worth of shabu (crystal meth) were seized by authorities in a drug sting in Quezon City early Tuesday, December 24.

In a statement, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said the operation conducted by its operatives yielded the arrest of a Chinese national, identified as 30-year old Zhang Yuan Quan alias Francis.

Authorities said the anti-drug operation was launched after surveilling the suspect’s activities for two weeks.

Among the items confiscated from Quan were around two kilograms of suspected shabu, estimated to be worth over P13-million and the marked money used in the buy-bust operation.

PDEA said the operation also led to the discovery of some 116 packs of suspected shabu, concealed in teabags, worth more than P788 million inside Quan’s rented apartment in Barangay Sienna.

The Chinese national will face charges for violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

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