Authorities nab over 170 vehicles in anti-colorum operations in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 5, 2020   •   200

Over 170 vehicles were apprehended during the one-time big-time anti-colorum operations of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The operation was conducted in 15 areas in Metro Manila on Tuesday evening (February 4).

According HPG Director PBGen. Eliseo Cruz, it was carried out under the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa.

“[There was] cooperation [with the] LTO [and] HPG to train our personnel [so] eventually our HPG personnel will deputize with the LTO, to implement to enforce traffic law and regulation,” he said.

Apprehended vehicles include those with no plate number and those using unauthorized blinkers. Authorities also apprehended overloaded trucks.

Among the over 300 trucks inspected, 78 of them were overloaded. Meanwhile, 68 vehicles received temporary operations permit due to various violations including not wearing a helmet or seatbelt.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

LIST: Weekend road repair, reblocking in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   February 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Some roads in Metro Manila will be closed for scheduled road repair and reblocking starting Friday, February 21, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

In an advisory, the DPWH said the following roads will undergo repair and reblocking beginning 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday, February 24:

SOUTHBOUND:

  • Bonifacio Ave. 11th Ave. to Sgt. Rivera St. (3rd lane from the sidewalk)
  • EDSA Guzent to Roosevelt Ave. (3rd lane from the sidewalk)
  • EDSA approach BP Tuazon flyover to approach A. of Boni Serrano flyover (3rd lane from MRT Line)

WESTBOUND:

  • General Luis St. Samote St. to SB Road
  • Elliptical Road from Kalayaan Ave to Maharlika St. (4th lane from the outer sidewalk)

NORTHBOUND:

  • EDSA QC after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from the sidewalk)

Meanwhile, portions along C-5 cor. Eagle St., along Julia Vargas, and along Pasig Blvd. will be closed by 10 p.m. Friday night until 4 a.m. on Monday to give way to the construction of Manila Water’s main sewer network.

Affected motorists are advised to expect heavier than usual traffic and use alternate routes instead.

PUV operators ask LTFRB to remove P5,000 penalty vs drivers for not wearing facemasks while on duty

Maris Federez   •   February 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila jeepney operators asked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to remove the P5,000.00 fine being imposed on public utility vehicles (PUV) drivers for not wearing facemasks while on transport.

Under the LTFRB memorandum circular 2020-05, drivers and operators are required to wear facemasks as part of their safety precaution against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Alliance of Concerned Transport Operators (ACTO) President Efren de Luna said they are always ready to take heed on the said measure, except that they are having difficulty finding available face masks in the market.

“Ang problema ho dun walang mabilhan, pag walang raw hong mask, may bayad ng 5000, may fine na penalty na P5,000,” de Luna said.

He pointed out that even the Department of Health has advised that due to the shortage in the supply of facemasks, priority is given to health workers and patients on its usage.

The LTFRB, on the other hand, said during the hearing at the House Committee on Transportation that it will review the said measure and will take the request into consideration. — (from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

LIST: Weekend road reblocking, repair in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   February 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed for scheduled road reblockings and repairs starting Friday, February 14, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

In an advisory, the DPWH said the following roads will undergo repair and reblocking starting 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Monday, February 17:

SOUTHBOUND:

  • Bonifacio Ave. Cloverleaf to 11th Ave. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA Guzent to Roosevelt Ave. (4th lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA approach BP Tuazon flyover to approach A. Boni Serrano flyover (2nd lane from MRT Line)

WESTBOUND:

  • General Luis St. Samote St. to SB Road
  • Elliptical Road from Kalayaan Ave to Maharlika St. (7th lane from outer sidewalk)

NORTHBOUND:

  • EDSA QC after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from sidewalk)

The DPWH also said that Eagle Ave. in Barangay Ugong in Pasig City will also be closed by 10 p.m. Friday night until 4 a.m. on Monday to give way to the construction of Manila Water’s main sewer network.

Affected motorists are advised to expect heavier than usual traffic and use alternate routes instead.

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