MMDA: Outdoor exercises now allowed in NCR during MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 21, 2021   •   287

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Saturday, August 21, that outdoor exercises are now allowed in the National Capital Region during the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

The MMDA added that: “It is the discretion of the local government units on whether to impose limitations on the movement or the time period when outdoor exercises are allowed in their respective jurisdictions.”

“The Metro Manila LGUs, however, can set limitations on the movement or the time period of outdoor exercises, in their jurisdiction based on their COVID-19 situation,” said MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos, who is also the concurrent head of the Metro Manila Council.

Based on the Omnibus Guidelines (Sec. 3.16, as of 19 August 2021) provided by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), everyone can do outdoor exercises during the MECQ period according to MMDA.

As a general rule, individual outdoor exercises such as outdoor walks, jogging, running or biking, are allowed within the general area of their residence, e.g. within the barangay, purok, subdivision, and/or village, provided that the minimum public health standards and precautions such as the wearing of face masks, and the maintenance of social distancing protocols are observed.

Modified number coding scheme back in Metro Manila starting Dec. 1 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The modified number coding scheme will be re-implemented in Metro Manila starting Wednesday, December 1, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

Citing a resolution signed by Metro Manila mayors, MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos said the number scheme will only be imposed during afternoon rush hour, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The number coding scheme will be implemented from Mondays to Fridays, except holidays.

The modified coding scheme only covers private vehicles.

Exempted from the scheme are public utility vehicles (PUV), including tricycles, transport network vehicle services (NTVS), motorcycles, garbage trucks, fuel trucks, and motor vehicles carrying essential and/or perishable goods.

MMDA to lift suspension of number coding scheme this week

Maris Federez   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday, November 29, announced that it would lift the suspension of the number coding scheme in the National Capital Region within this week.

According to MMDA Benhur Abalos, the Metro Manila Council of mayors has signed the resolution that will resume the number coding scheme and the same will be published in a Philippine gazette on Tuesday.

Abalos added that the implementation of the resumption of the number coding scheme will be two days after the publication of the resolution.

The number coding scheme will be from 5 PM to 8 PM from Monday to Friday.

He clarified, however, that public transportation will still be exempted from the scheme.

Light trucks, on the other hand, will be banned from EDSA from 5 AM to 9 PM. —/mbmf

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.

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