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

by admin   |   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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MMDA lifts number coding for Lenten break

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended the number coding scheme from April 17 to 22 for the observance of the Lenten season.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim announced this on his Facebook post.

“Ngayong holy week, suspendido ang number coding scheme sa mga sumusunod na araw. Mag-ingat sa byahe at sana’y maging mapayapa ang inyong paggunita ng Semana Santa ngayong taon [The number coding scheme will be suspended in the following days, this week. Be safe in observing the Lenten week],” Lim said.

ADVISORY: Ngayong Holy Week, suspendido ang number coding scheme sa mga sumusunod na araw. Mag-ingat sa byahe at sana’y maging mapayapa ang inyong paggunita ng Semana Santa ngayong taon.

Posted by General Danny Lim on Sunday, 14 April 2019

According to MMDA Edsa Traffic Chief Bong Nebrija, the number coding scheme was suspended in the said dates in anticipation of the surge of travelers for this season, which is expected to begin on April 17 (Wednesday).

The MMDA will also remain on alert on April 22 (Monday) when passengers travel back to Metro Manila from their respective provinces. – Robie de Guzman

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MMDA traffic czar on enforcer in viral video: That’s grave threat

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2019

An MMDA enforcer is seen threatening a motorcycle rider for recording their a;altercation.

MANILA, Philippines — A video went viral on Facebook when a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcer took the key of a motorcycle rider.

In the said video, the said enforcer is seen threatening the motorist for taking a video of their road altercation.

“Bakit mo kinuha ang susi ko? Ano violation ko? (Why did you take my key? What is my violation?),” the rider asked after the traffic enforcer took his key and crossed the street.

The enforcer can be heard shouting back at the rider, “Mag-video ka, mag-video ka. Sasapakin kita, gusto mo magsuntukan tayo? (Go ahead and take a video. I will punch you, do you want to fight?).”

According to MMDA traffic czar Edison ‘Bong’ Nebrija, what the enforcer did was grave threat. Enforcers are also not allowed to take the key of motorists unless it is absolutely necessary.

“Hindi po allowed iyan, (That is not allowed) unless there is an intention to flee. But then again in this case, judgement call siguro ng enforcer na kunin ang susi. Maybe he deems na iyong motorista baka tatakbo. But nonetheless hindi po iyan SOP [Standard Operational Procedure], (it might have been the judgement call of the enforcer to take the key. Maybe he thinks the motorist will flee. But nonetheless, that is not SOP)” he said during an interview on UNTV’s Good Morning Kuya on Monday.

Nebrija reiterates that all traffic enforcers and tow truck operators are not allowed to climb into a motorist’s vehicle and take anything that belongs to the motorist.

He also said that they tracked down the location of the incident in Parañaque. With the help of the traffic head of Parañaque, Teddy Barandino, they were able to identify the traffic enforcer. Authorities will investigate the incident.

Meanwhile, motorists and traffic enforcers alike are encouraged to take videos during road altercations to help with the documentation of the incident. However, Nebrija added that both parties should not harass each other.

“We encourage that, na videohan ang mga enforcer namin (We encourage to take videos of our enforcers) , [but] not to the point na you will be harassing or you will be disrupting the apprehension itself,” he said.

Nebrija advise the motorists to also file formal complaints at their office aside from posting videos on Facebook.

“That’s the only way to make the due process complete or start the due process and eventually dismiss the enforcer,” he said.

For traffic enforcers, Nebrija reminds them to always be on top of the situation and never lose their temper.

“They should prevail as the cooler head in the altercation,” Nebrija said.—Aileen Cerrudo

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MMDA to implement No Window Hours in Metro; to remove provincial bus terminals in EDSA

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to unify the No Window Hours policies of the different cities in Metro Manila.

This, after Metro Manila mayors agreed on its uniform implementation to prevent confusion among motorists.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arthuro Garcia said, “Kasi diba may lumabas na per city may window. Pagtawid mo may window na naman, nagkakagulo, nagagalit ang tao nalilito. That’s why we requested na baka puwede standard na tayo wala nang may window (Each city has its own window [hours]. It confuses people. That’s why we requested to make it standard, no more window [hours]).”

This means that vehicles covered by a day’s number coding will no longer be allowed on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in the metro, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The MMDA is quick to add, however, that this does not cover the cities where there is no number coding scheme; such as, Navotas, Pateros, Marikina, Taguig and Muntinlupa.

This, however, has to wait until ordinances regarding window hours in all cities are revised and updated.

Meanwhile, the MMDA is also set to remove the terminals of provincial buses in Metro Manila.

These terminals will be transferred to the Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa, Laguna interim terminals, as well as to the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

“Ang target natin dyan by June dapat wala na yan [We target to remove them by June] not only in EDSA but the whole Metro Manila,” Garcia added.

First to go are the provincial bus terminals along EDSA.

For its part, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start the processing of the franchises of Metro city buses that will ferry passengers to and fro the interim terminals.

The MMDA will conduct the necessary dry run to help the buses and passengers get used to the new system, before its actual implementation.  – Maris Federez (with reports from Joan Nano)

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