Duterte reiterates order to LGUs to fix traffic in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2019   •   975

President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his order to Metro Manila local government units (LGU) to fix the traffic in their area.

During his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte also said to reclaim all public roads that are being used for private ends.

“I reiterate my directive, my request, my pleadings to the MMDA and all concerned local officials in Metro Manila, and all other cities, to undertake immediate action to ensure the speedy and smooth flow of vehicular traffic.” he said in his speech on Monday (July 22).

The president also mentioned, billions are lost due to traffic in Metro Manila. He also warned government officials in Metro Manila that they will face suspension if they do not follow his directive.

“I asked Secretary Año to see to it that this is enforced. If there is a mayor or a governor, suspend him sir Año,” he said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government will make an inventory of all public roads in Metro Manila.

READ: DILG to meet with local execs on clearing of public roads

Meanwhile, several LGUs like the Manila and Quezon City government already began conducting road clearing operations even before Duterte’s speech.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

MMDA officer carries sick child to hospital amid traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2020

Mit Javellana and her family were on their way to the hospital. Her son, Earl, was having chills due to high fever and was in need of medical attention.

But their car was not moving due to the severe traffic and they had no choice but to forcefully make their way through just to get to the hospital.

An MMDA officer, Jeremi Lukban, noticed and approached them.

“Nung malaman niyang papuntang ER, nag-offer siya na buhatin si Earl at naglakad na lang pa-ospital (When he learned that we are going to the ER, he offered to carry Earl and walked to the hospital),” Mit said in her Facebook post.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim lauded Lukban’s action and reminded the public to never hesitate to ask the MMDA for any assistance.

“Lagi tayong handang tumulong sa ating mga kababayan (We are always ready to help our fellowmen),” he said in his Facebook post.—AAC

Manila, San Juan LGU workers to work only ‘til half-day on Dec. 23

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The governments of Manila and San Juan cities have declared that workers in their respective local offices will only render half-day work on Monday, December 23, in line with the holiday season.

“Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno declares half-day work for all local government offices today, December 23,” the Manila Public Information said in an advisory posted on Twitter.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, meanwhile, posted a memorandum on his Twitter account which states his order for city hall employees to work only until 12 noon.

“Work in San Juan City Hall for today will be half-day, until 12nn, in order for our employees to have more time to spend with their families. For everyone’s guidance and reference,” he said.

However, local agencies in San Juan involved in the delivery of disaster response, basic health services, and other vital services were ordered to continue operations.

MMDA to conduct traffic simulations for SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 12, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will conduct a traffic simulation for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on November 14.

MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago said to expect a traffic build-up during the simulation as well as during the rehearsal of the SEA Games on November 26.

“May konting pagtigil sa regular na pagdaloy ng trapiko. Kapag malapit na ititigil mo na so magtataka iyong mga kababayan natin ‘bakit kami tinitigil?’ So ibig sabihin po noon may paparating pong convoy (There is a slight changes in the regular traffic flow. Once the convoy is near, traffic will be stopped. Our motorists would ask why, well it means that they convoy is on its way),” she said.

This is to test out the bus convoys of the athletes and delegates who will attend the SEA Games from November 30 to December 11.

The simulation will begin from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

From hotels in Tagaytay, Pasay, and Manila, the convoy will traverse EDSA, North Luzon Expressway and other main roads in Metro Manila before arriving at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

Here are the following roads that will be affected by the simulation:

  • EDSA Northbound lane
  • Mindanao Avenue
  • North Avenue
  • Quirino Avenue
  • Pasay Avenue
  • Taft Avenue
  • Magallanes
  • South Luzon Expressway
  • North Luzon Expressway

The MMDA will implement the Stop and Go scheme for the affected roads in Metro Manila.

The convoy will pass through the yellow lane and there will be no special lane provided for them. No roads will be closed during the simulation, according to the MMDA.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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