MMDA readies convoy simulation for SEA Games; advises public to expect heavy traffic

Maris Federez   •   November 14, 2019   •   886

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will conduct a simulation of traffic in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) that the Philippines will host on November 30.

The MMDA warns motorists and the riding public to expect heavy traffic and inconvenience.

The simulation of the supposed convoy of athletes and delegates of the SEA Games will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon on Thursday (November 14).

From the different hotels in Tagaytay, Pasay, Manila, Subic, and Clark in Pampanga, the convoy will pass through EDSA, other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, and the North Luzon Expressway until it reaches the venue for the opening of the SEA Games in Bulacan.

Affected areas are the northbound lanes of EDSA, as well as on Mindanao Avenue, North Avenue, Quirino Highway, Taft Avenue, Magallanes, and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

MMDA spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago said they will implement the Stop and GO Scheme in the affected thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

“Asahan po natin na magkakaroon ng traffic build up. May konting pagtigil sa regular na pagdaloy ng trapiko kasi di naman natin pwedeng itigil yung traffic kapag nandiyan na yung convoy eh. Centralized yung command. At least kapag malapit na ititigil mo na so magtataka yung mga kababayan natin bakit kami tinitigil? So ibig sabihin po nun may paparating pong convoy pero paglagpas po nung convoy rest assured back to normal na po yung traffic,” Pialago said.

The convoy will pass through the yellow lanes on EDSA as the MMDA has not assigned any special lane for that purpose.

There will also be no street that will be closed for the simulation of the convoy.

Meanwhile, the MMDA said the rehearsal for the SEA Games will also be held on November 26, and this is seen to also cause heavy traffic.

Aside from the convoy of athletes and delegates, the MMDA will also be preparing for the arrival and departure of visitors who will watch the SEA Games.

“Mabigat po talaga ang magiging sitwasyon ng daloy sa NLEX. Kaya nga pati po yung mga truckers association pinakiusapan po natin na agahan ang business. Ang pakiusap natin sa kanila, 11 in the morning hanggang 6 in the evening wag na muna silang dumaan sa NLEX kasi inaasahan natin as early as 1 may mga atleta na magre-rehearse, may mga maaga nang pupunta sa Philippine Arena,” Pialago added.

The MMDA will also conduct simulation of traffic in going back from the venue to the hotels where the athletes, delegates and visitors who will watch the SEA Games will be billeted. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

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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