Metro Manila mayors shorten curfew hours from midnight to 4 a.m.

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021   •   203

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Manila Council (MMC) will implement a shortened curfew beginning October 13, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Curfew hours in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. This is after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a downtrend of active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the adjustment on curfew hours was approved unanimously by the 17 Metro Manila local chief executives due to the declining number of COVID-19 cases.

“Everything is going down. The number of COVID-19 cases is declining as well as the reproduction rate, according to DOH data and OCTA Research. In light of the recent developments particularly the steady decrease of active cases, the curfew hours being presently implemented in the NCR under Alert Level 4 has to be adjusted,” he said.

The current curfew hour is from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. following the implementation of a new alert level system. -AAC

MMDA eyes reimposition of number coding scheme

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday said it is looking into the possibility of re-implementing the number coding scheme amid increasing volume of vehicles traversing the major thoroughfare.

MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos noted that the traffic speed has become slower after the quarantine restrictions were eased in Metro Manila compared to the recorded speed when stricter quarantine restrictions were still in place.

“Travel speed along EDSA from Roxas Boulevard going to Monumento is slower at 19 kilometers per hour (kph) now that we are under alert level 2 compared to 23kph during the ECQ,” Abalos said in a statement.

“If we recorded the pre-pandemic speed of 11kph, it is possible that we shall re-implement the number coding scheme but we are monitoring the traffic volume count and the speed everyday,” he added.

Abalos earlier said that if the scheme will be re-implemented, this may only be imposed during rush hours, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The number coding scheme in Metro Manila has been suspended since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MMDA opens EDSA-Buendia footbridge

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Bus commuters along EDSA may now use the footbridge on EDSA Buendia Southbound in Makati, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Thursday.

The MMDA said the newly opened the footbridge will provide pedestrians safe access to and from the new loading/unloading bay for the bus carousel in the area.

MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos said the footbridge would also help ease traffic in the area as well as making the EDSA busway travel more seamless and safer for commuters.

“Buendia is one of the busiest intersections in terms of pedestrian traffic and having this overpass for them to use will make their trips easy, secured, and safe” he said.

The MMDA said the footbridge will be connected to the existing MRT pedestrian overpass crossing EDSA Southbound which will serve those who are going to Makati Central Business District and vice versa, as well as commuters coming from Bonifacio Global City.

It can be accessed from Makati Avenue or the southbound exit of the MRT Buendia Station.

It is the 125th footbridge that the MMDA has built all over Metro Manila which serves a total of approximately 3 million pedestrians daily, according to Abalos.

The construction of footbridges in Tramo, Taft, and Roxas Boulevard for the EDSA Bus Carousel is already underway, the MMDA said.

 

Mga bata, matatanda maaaring sumakay sa PUVs sa ilalim ng NCR Alert Level 2 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Nilinaw ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na maaaring sumakay sa public utility vehicles (PUV) ang mga bata at matatanda sa Metro Manila sa ilalim ng COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

Ginawa ni MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos ang paglilinaw matapos umanong magkaroon ng bahagyang kalituhan sa pagpapatupad ng mga panuntunan sa ilalim ng alert level 2.

Unang inanunsyo ng Inter-Agency Council For Traffic (IACT) noong weekend na bawal pa rin ang pagsakay ng mga menor de edad sa PUVs kahit may kasama silang magulang o guardian.

Ngunit ayon kay Abalos, nagkaroon lang ng kalituhan at agad naman itong natugunan.

“I made that clarification dahil nagkagulo nung isang araw. Hindi yata pinasakay ng I-ACT. So, I called up (DOTr) Usec. Steven Pastor and he informed me, ‘Chairman, nagkaroon lamang ng misunderstanding,’” ani Abalos.

“Under the IATF regulations, when it comes to mobility, all minors and senior citizens above 65 most especially are allowed to go out. That is the most significant thing under Alert Level number 2,” dagdag pa niya.

Ngunit paalala ng MMDA sa mga pasahero, huwag magsiksikan sa mga pampublikong sasakyan at panatilihin pa rin ang physical distancing at pagsusuot ng face mask upang maiwasan ang hawaan ng COVID-19.

Nasa ilalim ng Alert Level 2 ang Metro Manila mula Nobyembre 5 hanggang 21.

Ang antas na ito ay nangangahulugan ng mas maalwang paggalaw ng mga tao at pagbabalik operasyon ng mas maraming negosyo at opisina sa mas mataas na venue capacity.

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