DPWH to open Katipunan Avenue bypass road before the end of 2021

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 8, 2021   •   1027

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the Katipunan Avenue bypass road will open by the end of 2021.

The Katipunan Avenue bypass road, according to the DPWH, is already 70% complete. Once opened, it will shorten travel time from Quezon City to Rizal province from more than one hour to 40 minutes.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said motorists from Rizal can traverse the new bypass road instead of plying through Commonwealth to ease traffic.

“This will benefit Quezon city, Marikina, Rizal it’s an alternative route and its a new alignment in Metro Manila,” he said.

Around 10,000 motorists are estimated to benefit from the bypass road once it is opened to the public. The DPWH also said motorists do not need to pay any toll fees the road becomes operational. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Skyway 3 Nagtahan exit ramps now open

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Nagtahan northbound and southbound exit ramps of the Skyway Stage 3 have been formally opened to the public on Thursday.

In a statement, SMC President Ramong Ang said that with the opening of the Nagtahan exit ramps, motorists can expect to further cut their travel time to Manila. Even traffic congestion at major thoroughfares commonly used to access Sta. Mesa and other nearby areas, is seen to further ease.

SMC, which fully-funded 100% of the Skyway Stage 3 project, including the acquisition of right-of-way properties and reconstruction of public bridges, to ensure that no government funds or taxpayer money is spent on the project, officially opened the main alignment of the elevated expressway last January.

However, due to right-of-way issues, delivery of some access ramps had to come a little later.

“The concessionaire is taking advantage of the dry season to fast-track the completion of ramps as we want more motorists to reap the benefits of additional interchanges in between Buendia and NLEX,” DPWH Sec. Mark Villar said.

“The timely opening of all interchanges will also further reduce traffic along major NCR roads, most specifically Edsa, Quezon Avenue, Araneta Avenue. Nagtahan, and Quirino Avenue,” he added.

Ang said the northbound ramps that are next to be opened include the Quirino exit (heading to Roxas Blvd.), Quirino entry, Nagtahan entry, E. Rodriguez Entry, and Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit. Meanwhile, southbound access points to be opened soon are the A. Bonifacio entry, Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit, Sgt. Rivera (C3) entry, and Quirino exit.

With the opening of the Nagtahan exits, operational access ramps of Skyway 3 now include: Northbound — Buendia (Zobel) entry, Quirino Avenue exit, Nagtahan exit, Quezon Avenue exit, Quezon Avenue entry, A. Bonifacio exit, and Balintawak exit; Southbound — Balintawak entry, Quezon Avenue exit, Quezon Avenue entry, E. Rodriguez exit, Nagtahan exit, Plaza Dilao entry, and Buendia (Zobel) exit.

Recently, SMC also opened the four-kilometer northbound section of the Skyway Extension project from Susana Heights to Sucat, allowing motorists from provinces south of Metro Manila to directly access the Skyway System without having to go through the Alabang viaduct.

“With the recent opening of Skyway Extension project, motorists from Batangas, Laguna, Cavite now enjoy the convenience of seamless travel to many points in Metro Manila, all the way to NLEX. With work on the southbound section now at an accelerated pace, we are closer to fully realizing seamless connection between southern and northern Luzon,” Ang said.

The opening of the 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 reduces travel time from Buendia to Balintawak in just 20 minutes, and Alabang to Balintawak in only about 30 minutes.

The Skyway Stage 3 and the Skyway Extension project are part of SMC’s 38-kilometer elevated Skyway System, which aims to reduce traffic congestion along major thoroughfares including EDSA, and provide a seamless link from the South Luzon Expressway to the North Luzon Expressway.

QC gov’t assures safety of community pantry organizers amid red-tagging claims

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2021

The local government of Quezon City on Tuesday assured that organizers and beneficiaries of community pantries in the city will remain safe amid allegations of red-tagging being conducted by government authorities.

In a statement, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte expressed support for the initiative and vowed to protect its organizers.

“I would like to personally assure Ms. Ana Patricia Non and other like-minded individuals that the local government of Quezon City fully supports Community Pantries,” Belmonte said.

“Indeed, these initiatives highlight the bayanihan spirit inherent in our QCitizens. The city government will therefore ensure that the organizers and beneficiaries of Community Pantries remain safe and unimpeded,” she added.

Belmonte gave the assurance after Non, the person behind the Maginhawa community pantry, said they would temporarily pause their operations for the safety of their volunteers amid the alleged red-tagging.

Belmonte said she has reached out to Non and discussed her concerns about her safety and security.

“I have requested QCPD District Director Brigadier General Antonio Yarra to conduct an investigation regarding Ms. Non’s apprehensions and earlier experiences,” she said.

“I will likewise meet with Station 9 Commander Police LtCol, Imelda Reyes, under which jurisdiction Maginhawa falls, to further discuss Miss Non’s security concerns,” she added.

The mayor said the city’s Task Force Disiplina and barangay officials have provided assistance in maintaining peace and order in the Maginhanawa community pantry.

She, however, clarified that the teams are only there to “help remind the public about observing minimum health standards and to assist in controlling any crowds that may form.”

“Task Force Disiplina is instructed to do the same for any other community pantries in the city should barangay personnel need additional assistance,” she said.

“In these difficult times, let us allow kindness and selflessness to prevail,” she added.

QC gov’t suspends online booking for COVID vax

Marje Pelayo   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City government has suspended online booking of vaccination slots on the eZConsult application.

The procedure will remain suspended while the local government is still waiting for additional vaccines for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from the Department of Health (DOH).

Meanwhile, assisted booking for the first dose of vaccines in barangays has been suspended as well.

The city government assured those who already received the first dose of the vaccine that they have been reserved for their second dose at the vaccination site where they have taken their first dose.

They are reminded, however, to strictly follow their assigned date of vaccination indicated in their respective Vaccination Card.

Residents are advised to always check the city’s official Facebook Page or coordinate with barangay officials for the next schedule of vaccination.

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