HPG to make a come back on EDSA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 15, 2018   •   5521

A member of the  Highway Patrol Group

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) is now preparing for their come back on major thoroughfares on EDSA.

According to HPG Director PCSupt. Roberto Fajardo, they are now coordinating with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Edgar Galvante for their return in manning the traffic situation on one of the busiest highways in Metro Manila.

Fajardo noted that the number of vehicles plying the roads of EDSA has now doubled its capacity of 140,000. EDSA is now holding over 360,000 vehicles every day.

According to a study conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA,) the country’s economy is losing up to P2.4 billion a day due to heavy traffic.

This is the reason why Fajardo wants to assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing traffic situation in EDSA and to help in the strict enforcement of traffic regulations as well as in apprehension of offenders.

“Ang HPG ay may coordination sa LTO sa violations sa mga sasakyan, traffic. I reported to Asec. Galvante, nag-usap kami. Talagang kailangan namin iyong deputization para makatulong kami to ease up the traffic. Pati iyong mga nababangga, we will see to it na parehas naming titiketan yun to serve as a lesson na pag nabangga ka ibig sabihin ay reckless ka,” Fajardo said.

(The HPG has coordination with LTO when it comes to traffic violations. I reported to Asec. Galvante and we had a talk. We really need deputization to help ease up traffic. In car accidents,  we will see to it that both parties get a ticket to serve as a lesson on reckless driving.)

Fajardo added that they will select the most able men to be deployed on EDSA who will undergo training.

“We will conduct first seminar, may exam pa yun. Di basta basta i-issue yung deputization ng LTO. You have to undergo seminar,” said Fajardo.

(We will conduct a seminar first  and then give an exam. We won’t just issue an LTO deputization. You have to undergo seminar.)

Fajardo, meanwhile, warned dismissal against HPG personnel involved in extortion and abuse of motorists. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

LTFRB issues show-cause orders vs two busway consortiums

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Monday (October 18) issued show-cause orders against two consortiums operating along the EDSA Busway for failing to deploy sufficient number of buses.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra explained that the agreed cap on the maximum allowable units of bus units is at 550 buses, but the two consortiums on Monday only averaged as low as 120 units.

Minabuti nating mag-issue ng show-cause order (We decided to issue a show-cause order), directing the two consortiums running the EDSA Busway why their franchise or special permit in running the EDSA Busway should not be cancelled, suspended or that they be not penalized for deploying so few units,” he added.

He added that the two consortiums are receiving payment under the Libreng Sakay service contracting program yet there are still persistent reports of drivers and conductors not receiving their salary despite rendering  full service.

“Now that we have paid so much of this to operators already, particularly dito sa EDSA Busway Consortium or anyone for that matter, hindi na nila pwedeng gawing rason ang hindi pagbabayad sa kanilang drivers,” Chairman Delgra said.

He reminded bus operators of their obligation to pay employees as mandated under the Labor Code for the EDSA Busway Libreng Sakay Program. AAC

 

 

DPWH to conduct road reblocking along EDSA from Aug. 20-23

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will conduct reblocking and repairs on some parts of EDSA beginning Friday.

The following roads will be closed starting 11pm of August 20 until August 23:

  • EDSA-Caloocan (southbound) after B. Serrano Street (3rd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA-Makati (Northbound) before Ayala tunnel (5th lane)

The affected roads will be fully passable by 5:00 a.m. on Monday, August 23. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.

 

DPWH to conduct road reblocking on EDSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will conduct road reblocking and repairs on EDSA beginning Friday (July 23) at 11:00 p.m.

In an advisory, the DPWH announced EDSA Caloocan (Southbound) before Mariano St. and Congressional Avenue near corner Ayshire St., Bahay Toro will be closed beginning Friday. The affected road will be fully passable by 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 26.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes instead.

Meanwhile, two roads in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are already passable after the department conducted road clearing earlier today. A portion of Marcos Highway in Taloy Sur, Tuba, and a portion of the Abra – Kalinga Road were unpassable early Friday due to soil collapse brought by monsoon rains. AAC

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