Construction of elevated busways to begin in four months — MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 25, 2021   •   1815

MANILA, Philippines — The construction of the elevated busways in several areas along EDSA will begin in four months, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to submit the design by next week.

After the design submission, Abalos said the bidding process will begin.

“We have to go [through] the process of bidding of procurement which is about 3-4 months. Give us four months matatapos na po ito (it will be completed). Gagawin namin ito sa corner ng (We will construct this at the corner of) Quezon City and Caloocan.” 

The MMDA said the elevated busway is among the solutions to ease traffic along EDSA.

“There is only one way to beat this. It’s what we called the elevated bus ramps,” Abalos added.

The MMDA chairman said the agency has around P200 million budget from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Quezon City local government to fund the said project.

The agency is also looking for more ways to further increase its budget for the construction of the busways. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

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)

DPWH to conduct weekend road reblocking in EDSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Thursday (April 8) announced it will conduct a road reblocking along EDSA beginning Friday (April 9).

The DPWH advised motorists to avoid areas along EDSA Muñoz, in front of East West Bank & Floor Center, Shell, Goodyear, Shell Select & Skymart and take alternative routes.

The road re-blocking will begin on April 9 at 11:00 p.m. until April 12. All affected roads will be passable at 5:00 a.m. on Monday.

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

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