SWIPT terminal moves to HK Sun Plaza from Coastal Mall

admin   •   May 8, 2017   •   18258

MANILA – From Coastal Mall in Parañaque City, the Southwest Integrated Provincial Transport (SWIPT) terminal has been moved to HK Sun Plaza in Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City.

At the new station, buses are properly parked while printed signs guide passengers to their destinations..

However, only a few bus units can be seen operating.

The MMDA said many of the buses that used to operate at the previous terminal, particularly the ones that ply the Cavite route, are unregistered.

“Nakita namin na maraming hindi bumiyahe kasi wala silang linya, so ibig sabihin kaya pala kokonti yung bus dito maraming hindi nagluwasan dahil marami walang franchise,” Traffic Engineering Center MMDA Director Noemi Reccio said. (We saw that many bus units are not operating since they do not have a line. That is the reason why only few buses here, it’s because many do not have franchise.)

The MMDA now has a list of franchised buses. Only franchised buses may enter the current terminal.

On the other hand, the LTFRB plans to open the application for special permits to address the short in buses that operate in the area, and to prevent passengers from being stranded.

“Definitely special permits will only be given sa mga buses na may mga franchise pero hindi lang nila mga route. We will be talking to bus operators in those areas sino ba ang pwedeng magserbisyo, ” LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada said. (Definitely special permits will only be given to buses with franchise but plies another route. We will be talking to bus operators in those areas as to who can provide their services.)

Passengers have varying views on the terminal’s transfer.

“Nahihirapan talaga kami, malapit kasi kami doon, tapos nagulat na lang kami biglang nalipat yung terminal. Parang nalito na lang kami,” passenger Marianne Tuyor said. (It is hard for us since we live near the previous terminal. We were surprised by the sudden transfer; we just got confused.)

“Napalayo po kami. Malapit  kami sa Coastal Mall, mahirapan pa kasi may dalang ka pa bata,” passenger Maribeth Cuntonio said. (The new terminal is far. We live near Coastal Mall. Going to the new terminal is hard for us since we bring along children.)

“Okay lang kasi malapit naman, convenient naman,” passenger Cynthia Ramirez said. (The new terminal is near. It’s convenient for me.)

The lot where the new terminal was transferred to be government owned. With the relocation, the MMDA can save more by up to over 1.2 million pesos compared to the rent paid at the Coastal Mall in Baclaran. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

MMDA staff with comorbidities, elderly get COVID-19 vaccine

Robie de Guzman   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday began the vaccination against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) of its personnel who are senior citizens and with comorbidities.

MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos said around 200 employees belonging to the A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (with comorbidities) priority groups were administered with Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccine at the agency’s headquarters in Makati City.

Around 80 medical personnel of the MMDA were already vaccinated against COVID-19 on Monday.

Abalos said the MMDA has a high infection rate among its personnel because they are among the frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.

“Kaya, humingi kami ng tulong sa DOH (Department of Health) para mabakunahan ang ating mga frontliners, lalong lalo na ang aming traffic enforcers, ang mga nasa field,” he said.

The agency is targeting to fully inoculate all its 8,000 employees.

Abalos himself received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. His initial dose was given last March 1.

The MMDA has so far recorded a total of 771 COVID-19 infections with 100 active ones. About eight personnel succumbed to the disease. – RRD (with details from Correspondent JP Nuñez)

MMDA suspends truck ban in ECQ areas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Truck ban in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is temporarily suspended, according to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

In a Twitter post, the agency announced that truck ban is suspended along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. This is to ensure the deliveries of essential goods in areas under ECQ will be unhampered.

The MMDA, however, clarified that total truck ban is still implemented along EDSA.

The ECQ will last until April 4 in NCR, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal. AAC

Pasig Ferry Service operations suspended for Lenten week – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Operations of the Pasig River Ferry Service will be temporarily suspended from April 1 to April 4, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In a statement, the MMDA said normal operations will resume on Monday, April 5.

“Meanwhile, as Metro Manila is under enhanced community quarantine, the ferry service will be implementing 50% seating capacity,” the agency said.

All Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) are allowed to ride the ferry service, provided they bring an identification card.

The national government placed the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Laguna under ECQ from March 29 to April 4 in a bid to arrest the surge in COVID-19 cases.



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