Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong closed to traffic on February 8

Robie de Guzman   •   February 7, 2020   •   445

MANILA, Philippines – The Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong will be closed to vehicular traffic at 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Friday.

In an advisory, the MMDA said this is to give way to the movement of the equipment, including barges and cranes, downstream by the contractor for the Skyway Stage 3 project.

The agency advised affected motorists to expect traffic slow down and to take alternate routes.

The bridge, which connects the cities of Mandaluyong and San Juan, will reopen on Sunday, February 9 at 5 a.m.

MMDA sets up decontamination tents in hospitals, gov’t offices to combat spread of COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   April 7, 2020

Decontamination tents

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it has installed decontamination tents in several public hospitals and government offices in Metro Manila to help curb the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The MMDA said that as of April 6, decontamination tents have been set up at the Philippine Heart Center, the East Avenue Medical Center, the Malacañang Palace, the Department of Health Central Office in Tayuman, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-National Relief Operations Center in Pasay, and another DSWD satellite office in Quezon City.

The agency said the tents are equipped with a diffuser system that sprays disinfectant to people passing through it before they are allowed to enter the premises of offices or hospitals.

“It aims to decontaminate and disinfect health workers, frontliners and everyone visiting the hospitals and government offices to help contain the entry and spread of covid-19,” MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said in a statement.

Lim said they are planning to put up more decontamination tents in major hospitals in Metro Manila.

It can be recalled that the MMDA had set up a similar disinfection tent at the entrance of its headquarters in Makati City last month.

The body temperature of employees and visitors were also checked by personnel using a thermal scanner.

Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong to be closed for a month – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong will be totally closed to vehicular traffic for one month as it will undergo reconstruction, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Friday.

In a statement, the MMDA said the bridge will be closed starting Saturday, March 14.

“The bridge, crossing San Juan River and connecting Shaw Boulevard in Burol, Mandaluyong City and P. Sanchez Street in Sta. Mesa, Manila, will be closed starting on March 14 (Saturday) at 10pm,” MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said during a press briefing held at the MMDA main headquarters in Makati City.

“Total closure of Sevilla Bridge will last until April 14,” he added.

Garcia said the bridge closure is to give way to the construction of the Skyway Stage 3 project, an 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway starting from Buendia in Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City.

“One-way traffic scheme going to Manila will be implemented every 5am onwards for one month,” he said.

Trucks will also be prohibited from entering Valenzuela-P. Sanchez intersection going to Shaw Boulevard.

The MMDA advised motorists coming from Manila to take alternative routes by turning right to Bagumbayan and then turn left to Lubiran (Bacood Bridge) to New Panaderos going to destination.

An 30,000 to 40,000 motorists will be affected by the bridge closure.

Pasig LGU turns over 2 boats for MMDA Pasig River ferry service

Robie de Guzman   •   March 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Pasig City government has officially turned over its two ferry boats to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to be added to the existing fleet for the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS).

The turn-over was held during Wednesday’s signing of the memorandum of agreement between the MMDA and the Pasig City government.

“Improved facilities, more boats, information dissemination, and consistency will make the PRFS ridership increase and even double in number,” Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto said during the ceremony.

The two 57-seater ferry boats, M/B Mutya ng Pasig 1 and 2, are equipped with closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to ensure safety of passengers. It also has overhead electric fans for ventilation and toilet room.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim thanked Sotto for his city’s donation.

“The two boats donated to the PRFS by the City of Pasig is surely a big help to continually give the best service to our passengers,” Lim said.

Since its relaunch in December 2019, the Pasig ferry service accommodates an average of 700 to 1,000 passengers a day.

MMDA Deputy Chairman and PRFS Head Undersecretary Frisco San Juan, Jr. said that other local government units in Metro Manila have pledged support to the project.

He said the Manila City government has pledged to donate two boats while Pasig LGU proposed a free shuttle ride to the station during rush hour to promote the ferry service.

San Juan also revealed that the Office of the President has promised to donate two boats to the service.

The MMDA earlier announced that the Pasig River ferry ride will remain free until March 31.


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