Experts oppose “One-Way Highway” plan on EDSA, C5 and Roxas Boulevard

admin   •   October 3, 2017   •   7639


MANILA, Philippines —It is not possible according to University of the Philippines Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc. (UP-Planades) executive director,  Dr. Primitivo Cal, to implement a one-way highway traffic scheme along the stretch of EDSA, C5 and Roxas Boulevard.

Dr. Cal explained that the scheme will not be effective in Metro Manila because motorists will have no alternate routes.

“Ginagamit yung one-way system kung merong complimentary road gaya sa New York grid may 2 parallel roads na pwedeng mag opposite sila. In the case of EDSA, ano yung complimentary niya? Ano yung another road na pwede mong gawing yung isa northbound yung isa southbound? Wala di ba, so paano mo ma-implement?” said Dr. Cal.

(Translation: The one-way system is used if there is a complimentary road like in the case of New York grid wherein there are two parallel roads that can be opposite each other. In the case of EDSA, where is its complimentary? Where is the other road that you can use for northbound while the other for southbound? There’s none right? So, how are you going to implement it?)

For Alberto Suansing, secretary general Philippine Global Road Safety Partnership, the said proposal must be given a thorough scientific study.

“Pwedeng tignan yun, hindi natin sinasabing hindi pwede but then, sasabayan mo yun ng malalim na pag-aaral for example yung travel pattern natin, kapag sinabi mo ang buong EDSA northbound lang e di papano yung mag southbound sa’n mo dadalhin,” said Suansing.

(Translation: We can look at it. We’re not saying it’s not possible, but then give it a thorough study, for example, people’s travel pattern. If you say, ‘The whole of EDSA will be northbound only’ where are you going to put motorists going southbound?)

The proposal was introduced by Samar representative and vice chair of the House Committee on Transportation Edgar Sarmiento, in order to ease traffic problems in Metro Manila, directing vehicle traffic in EDSA, C5 and Roxas Boulevard into one way only.

Based on the proposal, all southbound or Pasay-bound vehicles coming from Caloocan will take EDSA.

Meanwhile, northbound vehicles may take C5 Road and Roxas Boulevard.

Motorists have mixed reactions to the proposal.

“Hindi pwede kasi masyado malayo ang iikutan. Hindi okay kasi kung iisipin mo din sa pasahero, magagastusan siya lalo It should not be, because the route would be too far. It’s not okay, if you think about the passengers, it would be more costly for them),” said Jomar, a taxi driver.

“Hindi advisable yung ganung opinyon..yung coding dagdagan pwede pa (It’s not advisable.  The coding scheme has a better chance)” said Ernesto Pusing, a UV driver.

“Luluwag nga ang EDSA kung i-one-way pero pano naman ang looban? Sosobra naman ang trapik. Ganun ang mangyayari niyan kapag ginawang one-way ang EDSA, (The one-way scheme may clear EDSA, but what about the inner roads? Traffic will worsen. That’s what’s going to happen if you make EDSA one-way), ” said Floro Bohol, a Grab driver. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue


Community pantry organizers in Metro Manila urged to coordinate with LGUs

Robie de Guzman   •   April 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Manila Council (MMC) called on organizers of community pantries in the metropolis to have prior coordination with their respective local government units (LGU) to ensure that COVID-19 health protocols are properly observed.

While lauding the Filipino spirit of bayanihan as community pantries emerge on various parts of Metro Manila, the MMC, by virtue of Resolution No. 21-08 Series of 2021, underscored the importance of coordination to sustain the downward trend two-week growth rate of COVID-19.

Citing data from the Department of Health, the MMC said the growth rate of COVID-19 lowered to -5% within the period of March 21 to April 17 from 164% for the period February 28 to March 27.

“While the organizers of community pantries exemplify collective charity and concern for the plight of the underprivileged and are truly worthy of emulation, support, and praise, the primordial minimum public health standards under the prevailing community quarantine must remain paramount,” the resolution stated.

“The sacrifices endured and gains accumulated during the ECQ and MECQ must not be put to waste by a disregard of the prohibition on mass gatherings, observance of social distancing, and the wearing of face masks and face shields,” it added.

The council approved the resolution on April 23. The MMC is composed of 17 Metro Manila mayors.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos, who is also the concurrent chair of the MMC, said advance coordination would allow LGUs to set up measures to ensure the observance of physical distancing and other public health protocols in community pantries.

Community pantries’ adherence to the prevailing health guidelines is also part of the Filipino bayanihan spirit that it is promoting, he added.

“As the community pantries intend to extend assistance to our kababayans, let us be reminded that aside from giving food at this time, one of the noblest kind of help is making sure that they are not at risk of acquiring the virus which, at worst, can cost their lives,” Abalos said.

The MMDA chief also reminded that individuals aged 17 below and senior citizens aged 65 and older should stay at home, in compliance with the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Metro Manila mayors to meet Sunday to discuss next quarantine status

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Mayors in Metro Manila are set to meet on Sunday, April 25, to discuss their recommendation for the next quarantine status of the National Capital Region (NCR), Metro Manila Council (MMC) chairperson and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said.

In a radio interview on Friday, Olivarez said they would deliberate on their recommendation, as well as the COVID-19 situation in each local government unit (LGU) in the NCR with representatives from the Department of Health.

Metro Manila and four nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal have been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until April 30 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Olivarez said their recommendation on whether to extend or lift the MECQ will be based on data from LGUs in the NCR.

The MMC chief assured they will evaluate the matter thoroughly as it involves 16 cities and one municipality in the region.

Two-week ECQ resulted in over 26,000 displaced workers — DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Over 26,000 workers have lost their jobs during the two-week implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), according to the latest data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Specifically, there were about 26,114 displaced workers in DOLE’s Job Displacement Monitoring Report from a total of 1,567 establishments within the areas covered by the NCR Plus (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal) set by the government.

Of the said number of establishments, 1,389 reduced their workforce while 169 declared permanent closure.

The most number of displaced workers were recorded in Metro Manila where 778 establishments reduced their manpower and 69 declared permanent closure.

This resulted in the displacement of 15,246 workers in Metro Manila alone.

Region VIA (3,322); Region III (5,151); Region VII (3,638), and Region V (2,274) are among the regions with the highest number of displaced workers in the past two weeks.

The ECQ was imposed in NCR Plus initially from March 27 to April 4 but has been extended until April 11.


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