MMDA dismantles two barangay halls near Caloocan City hall

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2019   •   1687

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday dismantled two barangay halls near Caloocan City hall as part of the government’s ongoing efforts to clear public roads from obstruction.

The MMDA, along with the Caloocan City government, conducted the demolition of the illegally-built structures encroaching the sidewalks less than a month before the 60-day deadline set for road clearing efforts for all local government units (LGU).

The city government of Caloocan earlier reported that 100 percent of the major roads have already been cleared. However, the major concern of local officials are the informal settlers in the city.

“Yung matatagal nang informal settlers, ‘yung 1992 below, they are protected by the law. So, kumukuha pa kami ng opinion at exemptions sa DILG,” Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan told reporters after the demolition.

Meanwhile, a notice of violation has been issued to residents and business establishments in Quezon City with structures obstructing the roads. A seven-day grace period was given to concerned parties to remove the said illegal structures.

“Kung gusto nilang umayos, kailangan talaga maki-cooperate lahat. Hindi lang pwede na puro gobyerno lagi ang gagawa ng hakbang,” MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said.

Garcia added they are also monitoring the efforts of local government units in complying with the 60-day road clearing as ordered under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum No. 2019-121 issued in July based on the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Walang pulitika rito, kung sino man yung tamaang kapitan o kagawad, e sorry na lang sila. kailangang gawin nila ang trabaho nila,” he said.

The MMDA earlier expressed confidence it will meet the 60-day deadline to reclaim public roads in the metropolis. The deadline will be on September 29.

The DILG earlier warned local officials unable to comply with the order of the President would face sanctions ranging from a reprimand, suspension, to dismissal from the service. RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

MMDA implements 30-min heatstroke break for traffic enforcers, street sweepers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has implemented a 30-minute break for traffic law enforcers and street sweepers to prevent them from having heatstroke.

The country has been experiencing intense heat in the past few days. On Thursday (May 6), the heat index in Science Garden in Quezon City reached 40 degrees Celsius. Due to this, the MMDA will be implementing a 30-minute heatstroke break policy.

For traffic law enforcers on duty from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. can take their 30-minute break from 10:00-10:30 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For traffic law enforcers on duty from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., they can take their break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Street sweepers assigned from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. can take their break from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while personnel on duty from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., can take a break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, in a statement, said one of the agency’s main concerns is the safety and welfare of its personnel. Apart from the 30-minute break, there will also be an additional 15-minute break if temperatures rose to 40 degrees Celsius.

“Our personnel’s safety is our paramount concern. This special heat stroke break is available for traffic enforcers and street sweepers who work under the dry season’s searing heat and protect them from heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and heat cramps,” he said.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) 18 areas in the country hit dangerous levels in the heat index with temperatures ranging from 41 to 47 degrees Celsius.

The state weather bureau also reminded that individuals can experience heat cramps and heat exhaustion which can lead to heatstroke if the temperature further rises to 54 degrees Celsius. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)


MMDA extends suspension of truck ban in Metro Manila until May 14

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has extended the suspension of the truck ban in Metro Manila until May 14.

The MMDA said this is to ensure the unhampered movement of essential goods. Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces are still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) after President Rodrigo Duterte announced its extension on Wednesday evening (April 28).

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The said suspension of the truck ban, however, will only be imposed in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila except on EDSA and Roxas Blvd. AAC

MMDA clarifies community pantries urged to coordinate with LGUs, permits not required

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has clarified that the agency is only urging community pantries to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) and is not requiring them to apply for a permit.

On Wednesday (April 28), MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia reiterated helping fellowmen should not require any permits.

What needs to be done, Garcia added, is to make sure that the people queueing in community pantries should be safe from getting infected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and other health protocols.

Ang nilabas lang nating resolution is ‘urging strongly’ ang ating organizers makipag-coordinate sa ating LGUs, barangay, sa mga mayor nila para at least ang minimum health protocol maipatupad natin (The resolution only said that it ‘urging strongly’ the organizers to coordinate with LGUs, barangay, mayors so that, at least, the minimum health protocol is implemented), he said.

Garcia said the MMDA only seeks to provide assistance to the organizers of community pantries in keeping the people safe from the virus spread. AAC


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