Rehab works on Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge to commence Jan. 19

Marje Pelayo   •   January 11, 2019   •   1764

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge over  Pasig River in Makati City | Photo by: Judgefloro
Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge over Pasig River in Makati City | Photo by: Judgefloro

MANILA, Philippines — It’s all systems go for the rehabilitation of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge on January 19 after being put on hold for several times.

The structure connects Estrella in Makati and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City.

The plan to rehabilitate the bridge has been deferred three times already.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the structure is just seven years old and based on its original design, it only has a 25,000 carrying capacity.

However, there are at least 35,000 vehicles plying the bridge every single day which have caused its pavement to weaken and be at risk of collapse.

“Bukod sa paluluwangin, tinitignan din namin yung preparedness nito sa the ‘big one’ na sinasabi ng Philvocs na diyan sa Mandaluyong area eh pine-predict ang intensity,” said DPWH project manager Toyet Castillo.

The DPWH plans to add two more lanes to the bridge’s existing two so that more vehicles will be able to ply on the bridge.

There will also be expansion of the sidewalks and strengthening of its foundation.

The project costs P1.47 billion but the government will not shoulder any amount since the overall fund is a grant from China.

The bridge will be temporarily closed to motorists for a period of three years.

For this reason, motorists are advised to take an alternative route.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sees heavy traffic situation especially in Makati because of the bridge’s closure.

“Dati ang average niyan para makatawid ka sa bridge mga 10 minutes lang nandoon ka na sa kabila. Kapag nagsara iyan, mga 30 minutes, kasi iikot ka pa. Pero I doubt it, baka 1 hour,” explained MMDA general manager, Jose Arturo Garcia.

The MMDA is now coordinating with the traffic bureaus from Makati and Mandaluyong to help clear the roads that will serve as alternative routes for motorists.

Aside from the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge, the MMDA also plans to begin the rehabilitation of Guadalupe Bridge in Makati and Lambingan Bridge in Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

LIST: Road closures, traffic rerouting in Makati for Undas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 31, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Makati City government will implement road closures and traffic rerouting starting Thursday, Oct. 31 in line with the observance of Undas break.

In a Twitter post, the Makati Public Safety Department said the following roads will be closed and traffic will be rerouted from 12:01 a.m. of Oct. 31 to midnight of Nov. 2:

  • South Avenue (from metropolitan Avenue to J.P. Rizal Street)
  • Kalayaan Avenue (from Zapote Street to N. Garcia Street)
  • Vito Cruz Avenue Extension/P. Ocampo Avenue (from Zapote Street to South Avenue)

Meanwhile, a two-way traffic will be implemented in J.P. Rizal Avenue (from Makati Avenue to Pasong Tirad St. and vice versa) and along Zapote Avenue (from J.P. Rizal Avenue to Metropolitan Avenue and vice versa).

A one-way traffic will also be implemented along Metropolitan Avenue (from South Avenue to Jupiter Street).

A stop-and-go traffic will also be observed in anticipation of a heavy traffic during undas.

The Makati Public Safety Department also advised travelers to take note of the traffic rerouting scheme in the city:

  • For vehicles traveling along J.P. Rizal Avenue coming from Delpan Street – Eastbound (heading towards Barangay Poblacion or Guadalupe Area), travel straight to temporary two-way J.P. Rizal Avenue to destination.
  • For vehicles plying along J.P. Rizal Avenue coming from Makati Avenue Area – Westbound (heading towards Delpan Street or Manila City), travel straight to temporary two-way J.P. Rizal Avenue to destination.
  • Vehicles along Ayala Avenue Extension coming from Central Business District Area – Northbound and Westbound (heading towards The Circuit, Delpan Street, Sta. Ana-Manila Area), from Ayala Avenue Extension, turn left to Metropolitan Avenue then turn right to Zapote Street (temporary two-way). Afterward, turn left to J.P. Rizal Avenue (temporary two-way), then turn right to A.P. Reyes Avenue to destination.
  • For vehicles along Ayala Avenue Extension coming from Central Business District Area – Eastbound (heading towards N. Garcia, Bel-Air Villages, Makati Avenue, and Makati City Hall) from Ayala Avenue Extension, turn left to Metropolitan Avenue, then turn right to Zapote Street (temporary two-way). Afterward, turn right to J.P. Rizal Avenue (temporary two-way) and head straight to Makati City Hall or Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge. Motorists can also turn right to N. Garcia Street then turn left to Kalayaan or Jupiter Street to destination.
  • For vehicles along J.P. Rizal Avenue coming from Delpan and Sta. Ana Area – Southbound (heading towards Makati Central Business District Area or Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue Area via usual Zapote Street) from J.P. Rizal Street (temporary two-way), turn right to Zapote Street (temporary two-way) then turn left to Kamagong Street to destination.

The Makati Public Safety Department said traffic law enforcers, police and medical personnel will be deployed to assist motorists.

Parking spaces will also be designated for those vising South Cemetery, Makati City Cemetery, and Makati Catholic Cemetery.

Normal traffic flow is expected to resume on Sunday, November 3 at 12:01 a.m.

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Makati City is the only PH finalist in World Smart Cities Awards

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2019

Makati City has been the only Philippine city selected as a finalist for the World Smart Cities Awards this year, according to Makati Mayor Abby Binay.

The 2019 World Smart Cities Awards will be presented during the Smart City Expo World Congress to be held in Barcelona, Spain from November 19 to 21.

Binay said Makati is the only local government unit from the Philippines that has been invited to present its project entry entitled, “Use of technology to improve city disaster preparedness and communication to and from city citizens” during the awarding ceremony on November 20 at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via.

She also said they are proud to have an opportunity to represent the country.

“We have gladly accepted the invitation, and we look forward to having a meaningful exchange of ideas and experiences with fellow advocates of sustainability and inclusivity from other parts of the globe,” she said.

According to its website, the annual Smart City Expo World Congress, which started in 2011, is the meeting point for companies, public sector, startups, academia and citizens working together for the sustainable development of cities.—AAC

Police raid prostitution den in Makati; rescued 35 sex workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2019

The Makati police on Monday (October 7) evening raided a hotel in Makati that was used as a prostitution den.

Authorities raided Maxx Hotel after confirming reports about illegal sexual activities in the establishment.

They also rescued 35 Chinese nationals who are believed to be victims of human trafficking.

The Makati Police seized various sex paraphernalia and arrested 21 Chinese nationals who were reported to be customers.

Authorities also arrested 10 Filipino employees.

According to Makati City Police Station Chief of Police PCol. Rogelio Simon, the prostitution den also operates online.

“Pwede kang mag-walk-in dito o ‘di kaya iyong ginagawa nila through online transaction (You can just walk in here or through online transaction),” he said.

This is the fourth raid in two months that involved Chinese nationals.

Arrested individuals will face charges for violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

The establishment might also be closed due to the violations involving illegal operations of Chinese nationals.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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