MMDA all geared up for annual Traslacion

admin   •   January 7, 2019   •   2642

FILE PHOTO: Devotees at Traslacion

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday (January 6) began the deployment of personnel to the Quirino Grandstand in Ermita, Manila in anticipation of the of the annual Trasclacion on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

The MMDA initially deployed 350 personnel particularly from the Western Traffic Enforcement Division to help coordinate traffic.

The agency said 500 more MMDA personnel will be added on the day of the Traslacion to man the procession routes to ensure the safety of the attendees.

It was also announced that on Wednesday, some roads in the Quiapo area will be closed to traffic including Katigbak Drive and Padre Burgos Avenue up to a portion of Taft Avenue going to Jones Bridge.

The MMDA Metro Parkway Clearing Group will also take part in the preparation to ensure that the procession routes are free from obstructions.

The Sidewalk Clearing Group will take care of crowd control while the street sweepers are directed to promptly clean up any trash left by the devotees.

The MMDA Road Emergency Group and Public Safety Division have road emergency vehicles and ferry boats on standby for crisis situations.

The Manila City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council together with the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) will lead as the first emergency response unit.

The MMDRRMC is expecting good weather on Wednesday and estimates attendees to reach up to 15 million. — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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Southbound portion of Roxas Boulevard to be closed on January 15 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The southbound portion of Roxas Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, January 15, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the partial road closure is to give way to the repair of the damaged box culvert of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in front of Libertad Pumping Station in Pasay City.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the rehabilitation must be done immediately by the DPWH on the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard, fronting HK Sun Plaza in Pasay City going to the flyover of EDSA-Roxas Boulevard.

“According to DPWH, because of the structural integrity of their project, the structure might weaken,” Abalos said.

“The agency has laid down alternate routes for affected motorists. Likewise, directional traffic signs will also be placed at strategic locations to better guide the public,” he added.

Motorists may opt to take the following routes:

For Light Vehicles:

  • From Bonifacio Drive/Roxas Boulevard: take Roxas Blvd.-Buendia Avenue service road, turn right at Buendia Avenue Extension then left at Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard going to destination
  • From Bonifacio Drive/Roxas Boulevard: turn right at HK Sun Plaza access road then left at Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard to destination
  • From Bonifacio Drive/Roxas Boulevard: left at Pres. Quirino Avenue to destination

For trucks/trailers and other vehicles from Bonifacio Drive going to Roxas Boulevard southbound:

All heavy vehicles/trucks/trailers may turn left to P. Burgos Avenue, straight towards Finance Road and Ayala Boulevard, then right to San Marcelino Street, take P. Quirino Avenue to South Luzon Expressway to destination.

Engr. Neomie Recio, Director of MMDA Traffic Engineering Center, assured that the agency will deploy enforcers to manage the traffic in the area.

“Once closed, we will deploy additional traffic enforcers for the entire duration of the rehabilitation. We will also implement a zipper lane or counterflow scheme for light vehicles, but on a case-to-case basis,” Recio said.

For his part, Mikunug Macud, district engineer of DPWH South Manila District Engineering Office, said the closure and repair works would last for 60 calendar days.

Moreover, the MMDA chief asked for understanding from the public as the temporary closure of Roxas Boulevard southbound is necessary for safety.

“We are appealing for the public’s understanding as to the inconvenience the temporary road closure would cause. But this is necessary to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians,” Abalos said.

Currently, 887 cargo trucks and 1,029 trailers per day are traversing the Roxas Boulevard southbound direction alone.

PRRD umapelang ipagpaliban ang religious mass gathering sa gitna ng tumataas na COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   January 5, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Nanawagan si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa Simbahang Katoliko na ipagpaliban muna ang pagsasagawa ng religious mass gatherings, gaya ng Traslacion, sa gitna na rin ng lumulobo na namang kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Sa kanyang weekly “Talk to the People” public address noong Martes, hinimok ng pangulo ang mga deboto na huwag na munang pumunta sa simbahan at sa halip ay mag-monitor na lamang online.

Giit ng pangulo, kailangang proteksyunan ang kalusugan at kaligtasan ng publiko sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19, partikular na ng Delta at Omicron variants.

“Kung nakinig ang Roman Catholic Church, I am now appealing to you to forego and cancel all physical gatherings including the procession and the celebration of mass sa church because marami yan sila. There are millions of devotees there,” ani Pangulong Duterte.

Ayon naman kay Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, kinansela na ng pamunuan ng simbahan sa Quiapo ang Traslacion event ngayong taon bilang tugon sa panawagan ng pamahalaan.

“Wala muna tayong traslacion ngayong taon na ito at wala rin tayong physical mass. Online mass lang tayo,” ani Domagoso.

Sa kabila nito, magtatalaga pa rin ang pulisya ng mga tauhan sa paligid ng Quiapo upang matiyak na walang mga deboto na magtitipon sa labas ng simbahan.

Nagpalabas na rin ng kautusan si Mayor Isko na nagbabawal sa pagbebenta, distribusyon at pag-inom ng mga nakalalasing na alak simula ala-6 ng gabi ng Enero 8 hanggang ala-6 ng umaga ng Enero 10.

250K individuals in NCR still unvaccinated — MMDA

Maris Federez   •   January 4, 2022


MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday announced that 250,000 individuals in Metro Manila are still not vaccinated against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

These will be the ones who will be affected by the ordinance to be implemented in the region that will limit the mobility of the unvaccinated.

“Siguro, ballpark figure mga 100—about 250,000 more or less. Kasi sa atin, alam naman natin, very porous ang Metro Manila. Ang daming nagpupunta sa ‘tin, mga kapitbahay natin,” MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos said.

Abalos said that even if some areas in the National Capital Region have attained 100% vaccination coverage, it does not mean that the whole region is 100% vaccinated.

“But let us keep in mind, nagbakuna tayo even though ‘yung mga hindi residente ng taga-NCR, maski ‘yung mga trabahador natin sa mga different establishments,” he said.

Meanwhile, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Secretary Joey Concepcion said a group of business owners is hoping that with the stricter restrictions in Metro Manila, businesses will be able to recover losses in the second or until the last quarter of 2022.

“Pero itong kasunod na second, third at fourth quarter, iyon ang mas malakas. Dapat sugpuin na natin itong infection, ibaba na natin at kung tumataas ang infection. Kung most of those, let’s say 3,000 ang infected daily are getting well at home, we have nothing to worry. Parang common flu lang siya.” Concepcion said.

Concepcion added that around Php200 million will be lost from the placement of Metro Manila and other provinces under Alert Level 3

Around 100,000 to 200,000 workers will be affected. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)


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