Kadamay families evicted from Mendiola
MANILA, Philippines – Eight families have been camping out in front of the Mendiola Peace Arch since October of last year.
They are members of the militant group Kadamay.
They said it was part of their effort to bring to President Rodrigo Duterte’s attention their situation after authorities demolished their homes beside the Pasig floodway without providing them a relocation site.
Earlier, these informal settlers couldn’t do anything when the city government of Manila told them to leave.
The Manila local government unit (LGU) said the move came after receiving complaints from business owners and students in the area.
“They are an obstruction to traffic, health, and sanitation. They create land pollution here considering that they don’t have their own toilets,” Manila Police District spokesperson, PSupt. Erwin Margarejo said.
After the clearing operations, personnel of the Manila Police District, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have finally opened both sides of the Don Chino Roces Bridge.
Firefighters also cleaned up the streets previously occupied by the members and supporters of Kadamay.
The members of the militant group agreed to just stay at the reception action center of the DSWD.
The Manila City government has vowed to help the informal settlers. – Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue
MMDA, mall operators to discuss extension of mall hours
MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and mall operators will discuss extending mall hours in preparation for the holiday season.
In a media briefing, MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos said the extension of mall hours will help avoid the influx of shoppers during rush hours. The MMDA will also discuss conducting sales only on weekends to avoid traffic congestion.
“Para ang pasok hindi sabay-sabay, hanggang mga alas dyes ng gabi o maski midnight pa mas maganda ([We can extend it] up to 10:00 p.m. or even midnight to prevent customers from flocking to the malls en-masse),” he said.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has placed the National Capital Region (NCR) under Alert Level 3 after recording a decline in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. AAC
Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane reopened to address heavy traffic
The Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane reopened on Monday to ease heavy traffic along Commonwealth Avenue going to Philcoa and Elliptical Road, the Quezon City government said.
In an advisory, the city government said that the zipper lane will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Monday to Friday to vehicles bound for the University of the Philippines, C.P. Garcia Avenue, and Katipunan Avenue.
“Bilang tugon sa bumibigat na daloy ng trapiko tuwing umaga sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth Avenue patungong Philcoa at Elliptical Road, muling bubuksan ng Pamahalaang Lungsod Quezon, sa tulong ng MMDA at EEI, ang Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane,” it said.
The zipper lane will start at UP Techno-Hub slot and end at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and University Avenue by the entrance to the UP Campus.
“Magsisilbi itong ‘by-pass’ para sa mga bumabaybay ng Commonwealth Avenue na nais magtungong UP, C.P. Garcia Avenue, at Katipunan Avenue, upang maiwasan ang Philcoa at Elliptical Road,” the city government said.
“Para sa mga nais gumamit ng Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane, at sa iba pang apektadong motorista, sundan po natin ang mga Traffic Enforcers ng Quezon City Task Force on Transport and Traffic Management, at ang mga ilalatag na Road Safety Signages,” it added.
DSWD to assist LGUs hit by STS Maring
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is prepared to assist local government units (LGUs) hit by Severe Tropical Storm ‘Maring’.
Based on the October 12 report, the DSWD still has P1.06 billion stockpiles and standby funds, where more than P133 million is the available standby funds in the DSWD Central Office and its Field Offices (FOs).
The department also added that a total of 381,893 family food packs (FFPs) are prepositioned in strategic locations around the country.
The DSWD reported that, 762 families or 2,536 persons are currently taking temporary shelter in 58 evacuation centers in the said regions.
The Department’s Quick Response Teams in the affected regions remain on alert status to work with concerned LGUs in assisting their constituents. AAC