LTFRB readies city buses for backup amid “Tanggal Usok, Tanggal Bulok” campaign

UNTV News   •   January 30, 2018   •   16253


MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic or I-ACT has begun the full blast implementation of its campaign against dilapidated and smoke belching jeepneys within and outside of Metro Manila.

However, such operation gives commuters a difficult time in riding jeepneys.

To address this, the 20 city buses given with special permits by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFBR) will begin Tuesday plying routes affected by I-ACT’s operation.

“The city buses covered by the coding tomorrow will ply roads with tarpaulins stating they will replace the apprehended jeepney units.,” MMDA Asst. General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said.

Some routes where the city buses with special permits will operate include Quiapo, Commonwealth, Masinag, Baclaran, Novaliches and Guadalupe in Makati City.

However, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) clarified the said city buses will operate on the said roads only when needed.

Based on the figures of I-ACT, they have already impounded 50 jeepney units under the said campaign.

While more than 200 PUVs were issued with subpoena, and would have to undergo motor vehicle inspection before being allowed to operate.

Fares in non-aircon buses start at P10, while P12 for air-conditioned buses.

The MMDA said the local government units will be the one in charge of managing the traffic flow in their respective areas.

This will also be in charge of designating bus loading and unloading areas.

The said campaign will run for 2 months until operators improve the condition of their jeepneys.

Meanwhile, point to point buses will begin plying roads on the first of February to serve alternative transportation of passengers of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) during rush hour.

“If you will consider the queues at MRT plus the travel time, it will take at least an hour and a half. So instead of standing and falling in line, they will be able to seat on the P2P buses,” Garcia said.

Beginning on Thursday, 10 P2P buses will begin to ply roads and will station at the MRT North Avenue at Quezon Avenue stations.

The buses will transport passengers to Ortigas and Ayala.

Fares at the P2P buses will become P15 only from the previous P24.

They will begin operating from 5:45 to 9:00 a.m. with a 15-minute interval in each trip.

Meanwhile, the MMDA will provide two buses offering free rides. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

Number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5.

The MMDA also clarified that the planned modified number coding scheme will still push through, although the exact date of its implementation is yet to be determined.

The MMDA explained that the new law on traffic still has to go through the legal process before it gets to be published in major newspapers to inform the public of its implementation.

Under the modified number coding scheme, private vehicles may still go on trip even if their car plate numbers are under a certain day-code as long as the passengers on board are not lesser than two.

Medical frontliners are exempted from the scheme.

On the other hand, Makati City will already be implementing the number coding scheme effective Monday, June 1. Vehicles that have two or more passengers will be exempted from the scheme. (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

Parts of Baclaran under ‘calibrated lockdown’, Mayor Olivarez says

Robie de Guzman   •   May 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Some areas in Baclaran, Parañaque City have been placed under a three-day “calibrated lockdown”, Mayor Edwin Olivarez announced.

In a Facebook post, Olivarez said the following areas will be on lockdown starting Thursday, May 21:

  • Bagong Sikat
  • Bagong Lipunan
  • Bagong Pag-asa
  • Bagong Ilog
  • E. Rodriguez
  • Bagong Buhay
  • Bagong Silang
  • Dimasalang Extension
  • Mabuhay
  • 12 De Junio

Olivarez said the lockdown will take effect from 6 a.m. of Thursday, May 21 until 12 midnight of Saturday, May 23.

During the lockdown, home quarantine passes are temporarily suspended and only those who are working as frontliners will be allowed to go out of their residences.

“Para sa mas epektibong pagpapatupad ng “lockdown,” bawat tahanan ay pagkakalooban ng kanilang pangunahing pangangailangan tulad ng pagkain at tubig na ipapamahagi ng ating pamahalaang lungsod mula Huwebes ng hapon hanggang sa ikatlong araw (Sabado), sa pakikipagtulungan ni Kapitan Jun Zaide ng Barangay Baclaran,” Olivarez said.

The mayor also said that mass testing among residents, and a total disinfection will be conducted during the lockdown.

As of May 20, Parañaque City has a total of 652 coronavirus cases with 42 deaths and 355 recoveries.

Mabigat na trapiko, naranasan sa Metro Manila sa unang araw ng pagbabalik-operasyon ng mga kumpanya

Robie de Guzman   •   May 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mabigat na trapiko ang naranasan sa ilang lansangan sa Metro Manila ngayong Lunes, Mayo 18 kasunod ng pagbabalik-operasyon ng ilang kumpaya sa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr. sa Ito ang Balita, partikular na naranasan ang mabagal na daloy ng mga sasakyan sa Marcos Highway na boundary ng mga lungsod ng Pasig at Antipolo.

Ayon kay Edison “Bong” Nebrija, ang EDSA Traffic Czar ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), bumigat ang trapiko dahil sa ipinatutupad pa ring quarantine control points o checkpoints.

Mas naging dama aniya ang bagal ng galaw ng trapiko dahil sa mataas na volume ng sasakyang nasa kalsada ngayong araw kumpara noong naka-ECQ pa ang Metro Manila at mas limitado ang mga taong pinapayagang lumabas ng kanilang tahanan.

“Iba na y’ong volume ng vehicles kapag nasa general community quarantine at saka MECQ. Mas marami na po ngayon at very significant y’ong naging delay sa mga checkpoint because of the volume. Siyempre, marami po talaga mag-i-inspect saka hahaba po talaga y’ong queueing na tinatawag,” ani Nebrija.

Nasa ilalim na ng MECQ ang ilang lugar, kabilang na ang Metro Manila simula noong May 16.

Sa ilalim ng hakbang na ito, pinapayagan ang pagbalik ng kalahating porsyento ng operasyon at workforce ng mga negosyo at opisina ngunit obligado silang magpatupad ng safety at health protocols.

Kailangan ding maghanda sila ng shuttle bus o kaya ay mga pribadong sasakyan na maghahatid-sundo sa mga empleyado lalo’t suspindido pa rin ang operasyon ng public transportation sa ilalim ng MECQ.

Gayunman, limitado lang ang maaaring isakay rito at kailangang nakasunod sa physical distancing ang mga pasahero sang-ayon sa guidelines na inilabas ng Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID.)

Bunsod nito, mas dumami ang mga sasakyang bumibiyahe sa Metro Manila, pati na ang mga nagbibisikleta sa kalye.

Ayon kay Nebrija, inaasahan na nila ito dahil sa limited seating capacity ng mga sasakyang papayagang bumiyahe sa ilalim ng MECQ.

Upang matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga taong pipiliing mag-bisikleta na lamang papasok sa kanilang trabaho, sinabi ng MMDA official na pinag-uusapan na ng mga kinauukulang ahensiya ang paglalagay ng “protected bike lanes” sa kahabaan ng EDSA.

“It’s on the table already na papaano natin bibigyan ng bike lane; hindi lang basta-basta bike lane lalong lalo na sa EDSA kundi protected bike lane,” ani Nebrija.

“Kasi ‘pag nag-transition na tayo sa GCQ, everybody will be there and we do not want na ma-mix y’ong mga bisikleta sa with private vehicles, public transport or motorcycles,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, nilinaw rin ni Nebrija na nananatiling suspindido ang number coding scheme sa Metro Manila upang magamit ng mga empleyado ang pribado nilang sasakyan sa pagpasok sa trabaho. – RRD

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