MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to hold an earthquake drill, dubbed as Metro Manila Shake Drill, on July 27.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said this year’s shake drill will start as early as four in the morning, to be signaled by the sounding of an alarm.
“For this year, it will be done on a weekend and at almost the break of dawn when most Metro Manila residents are at home and asleep,” he said.
“We are doing this to prepare everyone to minimize damage and loss of life,” he added.
Garcia said they intentionally scheduled the drill very early in the morning so the public can participate.
Shake drills in the past years were done during daytime and even on rush hours, with last year leveling up to an unannounced, rush hour daytime drill.
“We want to test the response capabilities and preparedness of LGUs and the private sector as earthquake may occur anytime,” Garcia said.
The MMDA official added that during the shake drill, they will mobilize agency employees, Metro local government units and other groups to demonstrate their contingency plans in case strong earthquake hits the metropolis.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, also the head of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), will visit city halls and designated emergency operation centers in the metro on the day of the drill.
Different emergency scenarios will also be staged at city hall offices, establishments, communities, businesses, and households.
“We expect more active and full participation of the private sector as government’s partner in disaster and emergency preparedness and response for Metro Manila,” said Garcia.
During the drill, the agency will also practice the deployment of personnel to designated emergency operation centers located at the four quadrants in Metro Manila.
The MMDA said the northern quadrant will use the Veterans Memorial Medical Center Golf Course as evacuation camp while the western quadrant will use the Intramuros Golf Course.
The eastern quadrant will use the LRT-2 Santolan Depot while the southern quadrant will use the Villamor Golf Course.
MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to motorists starting Friday night to give way to the scheduled weekend road repairs and reblocking, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced.
In an advisory, the MMDA said repair works on the following roads will begin at 11 p.m. (Sept. 13) until 5 a.m. (Sept. 16):
EDSA-Bansalangin to North Avenue (U-turn), 5th lane from sidewalk
EDSA-Magallanes-Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes-Alabang Bus Stop
C-5 Road near Market Market Mall
C-5 Road in front of Palar Village in Taguig City
Quirino Highway-Salvia Street to before Belfast Road (outer lane)
Elliptical Road after Maharlika Street (8th lane from outer sidewalk)
General Luis Street-Rebisco Road to SB Road
Bonifacio Ave. near Selecta Drive (1st lane from sidewalk)
Batasan/ San Mateo Rd. in front of Petron (1st lane from center island)
EDSA Main Ave. to before P. Tuazon tunnel (1st lane from the sidewalk)
Katipunan Avenue/C-5 Road after CP Garcia St. (truck lane)
Affected motorists are advised to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) warns the public of heavier traffic in Metro Manila during ‘ber’ months.
The MMDA expects the volume of vehicles to increase by us much as 20% in October. Based on their data, around 410,000 vehicles have been traversing EDSA in the past few days.
According to MMDA EDSA Traffic Head Bong Nebrija, this is higher than the recorded volume of vehicles in December last year.
“Halimbawa na lang kung ang isang bote ay may kapasidad na 268 [thousand] tapos lalagyan ng 410 [thousand], ay imaginin niyo na lang ang mangyayari, (For example, a bottleneck has a capacity of 268 [thousand cars] then you will place 410 [thousand]. Imagine what will happen)” he said.
MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago assured the Mabuhay Lanes are free of obstruction.
“Iyong mga Mabuhay Lanes po namin sustained and maintained by MMDA. Okay naman po iyon, wala namang obstruction iyon na nakikita niyo 24/7, (Our Mabuhay Lanes are sustained and maintained by MMDA. [The roads] are okay, there are obstructions. You can see it 24/7)” she said.
Meanwhile, local government units (LGU) continue to conduct road clearing operations to maintain roads in the National Capital Region.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda).
MANILA, Philippines – More than 3,000 tons of garbage have been collected from the coastline and drainage system discharging to Manila Bay since the government began its rehabilitation in January, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reported.
MMDA’s Manila Bay rehabilitation report revealed that from January 7 to August 31, they were able to collect garbage, water hyacinth and silt weighing a total of 3,810 tons from the following areas:
• 2,639 cubic meters / 749.72 tons of garbage from Manila Baywalk and other tributaries
• 2,594.34 cubic meters / 737.12 tons of garbage and water hyacinth removed from Baseco beach area, lagoon, and aplaya
• 3,174.5 cubic meters / 901.85 tons of water hyacinth/garbage from Pasig River and San Juan River area
• 5,005.5 cubic meters / 1,422.17 tons of silt from esteros and drainage laterals discharging to Manila Bay
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said they expect to collect more garbage from Manila Bay due to heavy rains in the past few days.
“Garbage has accumulated in Manila Bay after the heavy rains but the rehabilitation of Manila Bay never stops. We are inviting more volunteers to help in our clean-up drive held every Saturday in the Baywalk and Baseco areas,” Lim said.
“The government still has a long way to go in the rehabilitation of Manila Bay but we are on the right track towards restoring the beauty and improve Manila Bay’s quality of water,” said Lim.
The Manila Bay cleanup organized by the MMDA was joined by some 18,457 volunteers from January to August this year.
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