MANILA, Philippines — Amid the heavy traffic on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has encouraged private vehicle owners to take public transportation.
In a statement, the department said that taking the EDSA Busway System and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) would help ease the heavy congestion along EDSA.
The DOTr assured that operations of the EDSA Busway System and the MRT-3 remain smooth and travel time is still fast for commuters. From 3 to 4 hours of travel time from Monumento to PITX, it is reduced to 45 minutes to 1 hour, according to the transportation department.
“Ang MRT-3 ay patuloy na nakakapagbibigay ngayon ng mas maganda, mas maayos, at mabilis na serbisyo sa ating mga commuter,” the department said in a statement.
MRT-3 operations would also improve once the massive rehabilitation and maintenance activities are completed by December 2021.
Meanwhile, the government is expected to resume the Service Contracting Program under the regular budget of the national government. This is to provide incentives to PUVs that provide free rides to commuters. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government opened two zipper lanes on Monday (April 5) to ease the flow of traffic along Commonwealth Avenue.
The AM Zipper Lane will be open from 5:30AM to 8:00AM, Mondays to Saturdays, and will commence at the junction of Commonwealth Avenue and Regalado Highway. It will terminate at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Camaro Street.
Meanwhile, the PM Zipper Lane will be open from 5:00PM to 8:00PM, Mondays to Saturdays, and will commence at the junction of Commonwealth Avenue and Fairlane Street. It will terminate at the junction of Commonwealth Avenue and Regalado Highway.
Only light vehicles and motorcycles are allowed to ply the zipper lanes.
Proper distance between vehicles are strictly implemented as well as the “no overtaking” policy.
The Quezon City government and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are calling on motorists to pay close attention to the Quezon City and MMDA traffic enforcers assigned to the area, and follow their hand signals at all times.
MANILA, Philippines – A joint board of inquiry, comprised of personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), will be formed to look into the gunfight that transpired between its members near the Ever Gotesco Mall along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on Wednesday night.
“In the interest of determining the truth behind the incident, a joint PNP-PDEA Board of Inquiry will be formed to determine what transpired and who should be held liable,” the PNP Public Information Office (PIO) said in a statement.
The PNP-PIO added that Police chief General Debold Sinas has appointed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) as the lead investigating body, while the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been designated “to speak on any updates from the PNP in order to keep the public updated with accurate and relevant information.”
The shooting incident between police officers and anti-illegal drug operatives was said to have occurred in an area outside of the mall early Wednesday night.
The mall management said that its shoppers were safe inside its premises when the incident happened and asked the public to refrain from sharing any unconfirmed information online.
The gunfight left several casualties but it remains unclear how and why it transpired as the PNP and PDEA have yet to disclose information about the incident.
Following the gunfight, PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said their agents were on a legitimate operation in the area but appealed to the media to allow them time to obtain clear details about the incident.
“Sa ngayon, isa lang po ang malinaw, na ang PDEA Special Enforcement Service ay nandoon on a legitimate operation po. ‘Yun lang ang alam namin at this point,” he said in a message to reporters.
Meanwhile, the PNP and PDEA both assured the public that the incident, while serious, “will in no way affect the continuing operational relationship and coordination they have long firmed up in the fight against illegal drugs.”
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