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Roxas Boulevard, Binaha Matapos Hampasin ng Malalakas na Alon sa Manila Bay

by ruthnavales   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Ang paghagupit ng alon ng Manila Bay sa Roxas Boulevard dahil sa malakas na hangin na dala ng bagyong Gener. (PHOTOVILLE International)

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi madaanan ang Roxas Boulevard kaninang umaga dahil sa bahang dulot ng malalakas na alon sa Manila Bay.

Maging ang kalsada sa harapan ng Quirino Grandstand ay inapawan na rin ng tubig kaya’t dahan-dahan lamang ang pag-usad ng mga sasakyan.

Unti-unti namang humupa ang tubig pagsapit ng tanghali kaya’t binuksan na rin ang parehong lane ng Roxas Boulevard bagama’t may natitira pang tubig sa panulukan ng Pedro Gil.

Matapos tuluyang humupa ang tubig, isang katerbang basura ang nagkalat sa Roxas Boulevard. Pinangunahan ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ang clearing operation upang agad malinis ang lugar.

Ilang mga residente naman ang sinamantala ang pagkakataon para mamulot ng basura para magkaroon ng kaunting kita.

Bigla namang nagkagulo ang mga naglilinis nang makita ang isang pawikan na napadpad sa baywalk kasama ng mga basura. Hinang-hina ang pawikan at nagtamo ng sugat sa ilang bahagi ng katawan.

Agad dinala ng MMDA sa Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) ang pawikan upang mabigyan ng paunang lunas. (Ito ang Balita ni Rey Pelayo/Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Ang pawikang hinang-hina na nang matagpuan ng mga kawani ng MMDA sa mga inaanod na basura sa Manila Bay. (UNTV News)

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PH gets failing mark in int’l assessment of road safety standards

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Vehicular accidents and people getting run over while crossing roads are reported in the news almost every day.

According to the International Road Assessment Program (IRAP), one of the reasons is the bad condition of roads in the country.

IRAP gave the Philippines a one to two-star rating only on road safety. Based on their study, narrow roads designed for single lane use only often accommodate two vehicles with only a painted line in the middle to separate them.

“That white line, it doesn’t do too much to protect you from death on a head-on crash. It’s one of the main ways that motorcyclists die from,” said IRAP’s managing director, Greg Smith.

A 2015 report of the World Health Organization stated that 53 percent of road accidents involved motorcycles while 19 percent involved pedestrians. The report also indicated that people between the ages of 15 to 29 are the ones who usually figure in road accidents.

According to the National Center for Transportation Studies of the University of the Philippines, roads in the country, particularly in Metro Manila, are dangerous.

And though the government is continuously working on making roads safer, experts say, the public should also learn to adjust and follow traffic rules.

“Kahit ang ganda ng infrastructure natin kapag hindi natin naintindihan na lahat ng tao ay may karapatang gumamit sa kalsada, hindi tayo uusad kahit malawak pedestrian. Kung gagamitin yun na parking, walang mangyayari,” said UP National Center for Transportation Studies director, Dr. Ma. Sheila Napalang.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), for its part, assured that it is doing all it can to make roads in the metropolis safer.

The MMDA also calls on the public to make use of pedestrian walkways, even the controversial footbridge along Scout Borromeo-EDSA, to avoid road accidents.


“Mamimili po kayo dito: mapapagod po kayo o babawian kayo ng buhay? Makikipagsapalaran po kayo sa EDSA,” said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago.

Road safety advocates, meanwhile, suggests the inclusion of intensified promotions on road safety in the platform of political aspirants hoping to win a seat in the upcoming midterm elections. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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MMDA seeks to revoke driver’s license of woman in viral dispute

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is determined to file complaints against a woman who went viral after she was captured on video confronting an MMDA enforcer.

In the video posted on Facebook under the account of Gadget Addict, the woman can be seen arguing with the enforcer after the latter accosted her for illegal parking and asked to see her license.

The woman even tried to flee the scene and accidentally ran over the motorcycle of another enforcer.

The woman was later joined by her husband who insisted on bringing his pregnant wife immediately to the hospital as the stress was causing her to bleed.

In the end the couple refused to go with authorities to settle the dispute.

The MMDA said they will not let the incident pass and will file a formal complaint.

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General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said, “Baka pwedeng masuspend yung license niya dahil nga sa ganun niyang attitude (Her license may be suspended because of her attitude toward the incident).”

The agency is also planning to press direct assault charges against the woman for allegedly attempting to run over the enforcer.

On Wednesday, the couple went to the MMDA office to personally apologize for the incident.

They refused to give their identities to the media but according to reports, the woman works at the Department of Justice as a prosecutor.

“We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the MMDA enforcers especially to Col. Bong Nebrija and Constable Azures. We ask for your understanding as well as emotions got the best of us,” the woman said.

Her husband also thanked the agency’s officials.

“We would like to thank the MMDA leadership as headed by Chairman Danilo Lim and General Manager Jojo Garcia for giving us the chance, this chance, to make this apology and in recognizing the consequences of our actions,” he said.

The MMDA has yet to confirm if they will continue with the charges after the couple’s public apology.

The agency reminded motorists anew to respect the policies of the MMDA. – Joan Nano

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Monsoon rains spawn sea of garbage in Manila Bay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Trash fill the stretch of Manila Baywalk as raging waves spew garbage from Manila Bay during the onslaught of monsoon rains.

 

MANILA, Philippines – Waves of trash have accumulated in Manila Bay in the aftermath of a heavy downpour over the weekend.

Piles of garbage were seen reaching Roxas Boulevard eventually obstructing traffic.

Volunteers from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Manila City government continue to collect mounts of garbage believed to have come from various parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

 Lahat ng basura na umanod na hanggang Roxas Boulevard ay kailangang ligpitin natin at mapanatiling malinis ang Roxas Boulevard,” said ASEC Celine Pialago, MMDA Spokesperson.

Since Saturday, clearing personnel were able to collect up to 10 truckloads of garbage from Manila Bay.

Most of them were items made of plastic and styrofoam as well as bamboo poles believed to have been disentangled from damage fish cages in nearby areas.

The MMDA expects the clearing operation along the stretch of Manila Baywalk area to last until next week. – Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo

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