Makati City to close some roads for Lenten activities

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2019   •   2789

Makati skyline

The local government of Makati will close some roads next week to give way for Lenten activities.

In an advisory issued on Saturday, the Makati City government said the road closures and traffic rerouting will be implemented from April 14 at 10 p.m. to April 21 at 10 p.m.

The roads to be closed are listed below:

  • Gen. Luna Street (From P. Burgos Street to Mercado Street)
  • Enriquez Street (From Don Pedro Street to Fermina Street)
  • San Marcos Street (From Pagulayan Street to P. Burgos Street)
  • San Juan Street (From Pagulayan Street to P. Burgos Street)
  • Don Pedro Street (From Gabaldon Street to Manalac Street)
  • Guanzon Street (From P. Burgos Street to Makati Avenue)
  • San Mateo Street (From D.M. Rivera Street to P. Gomez Street)
  • Agno Street (From D.M. Rivera Street to P. Gomez Street)
  • Dona Epifania Street (From A. Mabini Street to Agno Street)
  • Ilaya Street (From A. Mabini Street to J.P. Rizal Street)
  • Don Pedro Street (A. Mabini Street to Villena Street)
  • Albert Street (Villena Street to Palma Street)
  • P. Gomez Street (From J.P. Rizal Street to Zamora Street)
  • P. Gomez Street (Hagdang Bato Whole Block)
  • San Agustin Street (From P. Burgos Street to P. Gomez Street)
  • Quintos Street (From Santiago Street to Singian Street)
  • Molina Street (From Quintos Street to Singian Street)
  • Zenaida Street (From E. Zobel Street to F. Zobel Street)
  • Bagong Diwa Street (From M.L. Quezon Street to Pertierra Street)
  • Ma. Aurora Ext. Street (From Pertierra Street to Ma. Aurora Street)
  • Osmeña Street (From M.L. Quezon Street to Bridge Service Road/P. Burgos Street)

Motorists are also advised to take the following alternate routes to avoid being stuck on roads during processions scheduled on April 17 (Wednesday) to April 19 (Friday):

For vehicles going to Westside Makati /The Circuit/ Manila: (From Westbound Makati or Guadalupe Area)

  • From J.P. Rizal Street, Light vehicles must turn left to Estrella Street
  • Turn right to Rockwell Drive, turn right to Kalayaan Avenue (District 1)
  • Turn left to Makati Avenue
  • Make a right turn to Jupiter Street or Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
  • Turn right to N. Garcia Street (Reposo Street)
  • Turn left to J.P. Rizal Avenue and follow the usual route to destination
  • From J.P. Rizal Street, Public Utility Vehicles, jeepneys, and small trucks must turn left to Estrella Street
  • Turn right to EDSA, turn right to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
  • Cross Paseo Intersection and Makati Avenue Intersection
  • Make a right turn to N. Garcia Street (Reposo Street)
  • Turn left to J.P. Rizal Avenue and follow the usual route to destination

Vehicles going to Guadalupe/ Pateros/ EDSA: (From Eastbound Makati or Delpan Area)

  • From J.P. Rizal Avenue, head straight to Kalayaan Avenue
  • Turn right to N. Garcia Street
  • Make a left-turn to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
  • Cross Makati Avenue Intersection and Paseo de Roxas Avenue intersection
  • Turn right to EDSA if going to Mandaluyong and Quezon City area
  • If going to Pasay City, take the Buendia flyover from EDSA

Vehicles going to Mandaluyong City via Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge: (From Northbound Makati or Makati Central Business District-Ayala)

  • Traverse Ayala Avenue to South Avenue then turn right to Kalayaan Avenue
  • Make a left turn to Pililia Street
  • Turn right to J.P. Rizal Avenue
  • Left turn at Makati Avenue and J.P. Rizal Extension to Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge
  • Motorists may also take the Ayala-EDSA flyover or Buendia-EDSA flyover in Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue to Mandaluyong City

Vehicles going to Makati Central Business District – Ayala: (From Mandaluyong City via Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge)

  • From Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge, turn right to J.P. Rizal Avenue
  • Turn left to Zapote Street
  • Turn left to Kamagong Street
  • Turn right to Ayala Avenue Extension
  • Cross Ayala Avenue/Sen Gil J. Puyat Avenue intersection to destination

The Makati City government said a two-way traffic flow will be implemented along J.P. Rizal Street from Pasong Tirad to Makati Avenue beginning 6 a.m. of April 14, to 10 p.m. of April 21.

Normal traffic flow will resume on April 22 (Monday)
at 6 a.m. – Robie de Guzman

Makati subway project to get tax incentives – DOF

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The rail operations of the Makati City Subway project will be granted a four-year income tax holiday followed by five years of enhanced deductions and duty exemption on importation for the construction, operation, management, and maintenance of the project, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Monday.

In a statement, the DOF said the Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) has approved the grant of tax incentives for the P81-billion Makati City subway project, which is expected to begin commercial operations in January 2026.

 The DOF said the board approved the tax incentive grant last month.

“In deciding to approve the project, the FIRB took into consideration the projected increase in economic productivity of P24.4 billion per year once the subway system becomes operational in 2026,” the DOF said.

“This will be monitored, along with the other projected benefits, in accordance with the principle of granting incentives based on merit or performance embodied in the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Law,” it added.

Finance chief Carlos Dominguez, however, clarified that this package of incentives is confined only to the activity applied for, which is the rail operation.

“The incentives approved will not apply to the other business activities that would be generated from the subway operations, such as the lease of retail areas and advertising, which should be subject to the regular corporate income tax rate and other applicable taxes,” the DOF said.

The subway project is seen to help ease traffic congestion by providing an alternative transport service to up to 700,000 commuters, and reducing the volume of vehicles plying the city streets.

Throughout the deliberations for the project, Dominguez also said that the Makati City government and the Department of Transportation should work out the details of how to connect the proposed subway to the Metro Manila Subway project of the national government, the DOF said.

QC announces traffic rerouting for Duterte’s final SONA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) announced a temporary vehicle traffic rerouting scheme at the vicinity of the House of Representatives (HOR) Complex in Quezon City on Monday (July 26) in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA).

QCPD Director Police Brigadier General Antonio Yarra said road and sidewalk obstructions and illegally parked vehicles will not be allowed in the entire stretch of Commonwealth Avenue (North Bound) from Quezon City Memorial Circle/ Philcoa to Litex and IBP Road.

This has been in effect starting Sunday (July 25).

Meanwhile, earlier at 6:00 AM (Monday) July 26, the Northbound of Commonwealth Avenue is already closed for private vehicles passing by the HOR area thus motorists are advised to take alternate routes.

From Quezon City Memorial Circle (QCMC), motorists can take North Ave., turn right to Visayas Ave. then turn left to Congressional or Tandang Sora Ave. and exit Mindanao Ave. Then they can turn right to Quirino Highway going to Commonwealth Extension passing thru then right turn at S&R Shopping Store landmark heading to the Southbound Lane.

For those individuals and commuters residing along Commonwealth Avenue to Fairview, they may take the QCPD Libreng Sakay service traversing along the said routes.

During the same time, the entire stretch of IBP Road may be put on lockdown if heavy traffic occurs and motorists will be rerouted from QCMC to Filinvest 1 and 2, Brgy Bagong Silangan, and some inner portions of Brgy. Batasan Hills.

From there, they can take Maharlika St., then turn left to Mayaman St., then turn right to Maginhawa St., turn left to Masinsinan St., then turn right to C.P. Garcia to Katipunan Ave., then take U-turn Slot in front of Miriam College, then turn right to H. Ventura St, turn left to Heizer St., then turn right to Katipunan Ext, and then take a left turn to JP Rizal to San Mateo road going to their destination.

Motorists from Filinvest 1 Subdivision affected by the traffic lockdown along IBP Road may take Luzviminda St. to Cotabato St., turn left to Sinagtala St. to Congressional St. leading to Batasan-San Mateo Road, and exit to Marikina Road en route to their destination.

Those from San Mateo Road to Filinvest 2 Subdivision/Bagong Silangan may take Doña Franceska St., then turn left to Doña Juliana St., and to King St. turn right to Don Vicente to Bagong Silangan/Filinvest Gate 2.

Motorists from Capitol Hills and Vista Real Executive Village going to QCMC may counterflow using the inner lane of Commonwealth Ave. (Northbound) from Zuazeregui to Katipunan.

“We are appealing for the understanding and patience of those who will be affected by the heavy traffic on Monday. The rerouting advisory may help motorists to find or take alternative routes,” said Yarra.

“It would also be best for those who have no important transaction to just stay home, if possible until after the SONA,” he concluded.

Makati mayor on viral video of incorrect vaccination: ‘It was human error’

Robie de Guzman   •   June 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Abigail Binay on Monday confirmed that the viral video showing a nurse who was not able to properly administer a COVID-19 vaccine dose was taken at a vaccination site in the city.

She said the incident occurred on June 25 but was immediately corrected.

“We acknowledge the video. It was human error on the part of the volunteer nurse. Volunteer po siya na nurse. It was immediately corrected,” Binay said during the Palace briefing.

Binay said the woman was able to receive a vaccine dose on June 26 after she reported the incident to the city government.

The viral video showed a health worker injecting a needle into the arm of a vaccine recipient without pushing the plunger.

Binay asked for the public’s understanding as she empathized with the strenuous labor being faced by healthcare workers amid the pandemic.

“Maawa naman po kayo sa nurse na nagkusang loob na nag-volunteer ng kaniyang oras para lang po magsilbi sa ating kababayan. Tao lang po ang ating frontliners, napapagod, nagkakamali,” she said.

“Pero mahalaga po na itinama namin agad ang pagkakamaling ito at humihingi po siya at kami ng patawad at nagbibigay din po kami ng assurance na hindi na po ito mangyayaring muli,” she added.

The mayor also appealed to some people to stop criticizing the nurse and the city government’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

“Ang nakakalungkot din po dito ay siymepre mag-e-eleksyon na po next year at ang iba pong nagkakalat ng video ay tuwang-tuwa sa nangyari at ginagamit po itong paraan para po siraan ako at para siraan ang vaccination program ng Makati,” she said.

“Pero hindi ho nila nakikta na ang vaccination rollout ng Pilipinas po ang maapektuhan kung sisisraan po naitn ang kredibiliada ng vaccination po natin,” she added.

The Department of Health earlier said it was probing the incident, which it described as “a clear breach of vaccination protocol.”

The agency also assured it has taking measures to improve the vaccination protocol. –RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)


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