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September 7, 2014
The government has come up with remedial measures to address the worsening traffic situation in Balintawak, Quezon City and other parts of Metro Manila where trailer and cargo trucks traverse to and from the Ports of Manila.
In an emergency meeting presided over by MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, together with Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson,Metro Mayors concerned, North Luzon Expressway, Philippine National Police officials and Gen. Allen Bartolo of Highway Patrol Group, "Task Force Pantalan" spearheaded by MMDA was formed, among other things, to ease the traffic gridlock triggered by the port congestion problem.
Task Force Pantalan head is Gen. Allen Bartolo with the agency's traffic head Crisanto Saruca as his deputy and local government units representatives as members.
It was agreed upon during the meeting that the MMDA shall take over traffic management of all roads in several parts of Metro Manila adversely affected by the port traffic from here on until Sept. 21.
Effective immediately, until Sunday (Sept. 21), all Class A and D vehicles, including shuttle buses will be allowed to counterflow in NLEX, while the Balintawak toll plaza will be temporarily closed to give way to private vehicles.
Counterflow traffic scheme will also be allowed at Del Pan Bridge in Tondo, Manila to hasten the flow of trucks and trailer vans.
Two lanes along R-10 road spanning the cities of Navotas, Caloocan and Manila will now be opened to trucks.
September 5, 2014
MMDA Issues Clarification on One-Truck Lane Policy
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today clarified that it is not implementing the one-truck lane policy along A. Bonifacio – North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) area.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino issued the clarification to dispel public confusion and misinformation caused by an NLEX post on the social network site Twitter this morning that the cause of traffic along A. Bonifacio is the one-truck lane policy being implemented by the agency. "The horrendous traffic along A. Bonifacio today is caused by the long queue of container trucks going to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) premises."
"The processing time for the container trucks to enter the port leaves too much to be desired. And that is the reason why these trucks ended up lining A. Bonifacio and has resulted to severe traffic congestion going to NLEX. The A. Bonifacio has reached its full capacity stretching all the way to NLEX. The public should understand that the problem is within the jurisdiction of the PPA, it is internal," Tolentino said.
The MMDA chief stressed that the one-truck lane policy is only being implemented along C-5 only, and that it has no effect on the roads leading to the Port of Manila.
September 4, 2014
Chairman Francis Tolentino of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today asked a local outdoor advertising firm to delete the obtrusive content of its advertising billboards that line Epifanio delos Santos Ave. (Edsa) and J.P. Rizal Extension, both in Guadalupe, Makati City.
Tolentino asked the advertiser to roll down their billboards in the area and revise immediately their content which was found to have sexual overtones and offensive to the morals, especially the youth, and the general public as well.
The MMDA chief took the move after prelates of the Catholic Church called his attention on the matter.
The advertiser's clothing line client launched recently its new line of sports wear and have put up billboards showing a half-nude young couple clad in skimpy denim shorts. The contents of the billboards read: "Come and Play", "Temptation Calls" and "Express your Hidden Desires."
"We cannot afford this kind of profane language being used in billboards to go unabated because this might lead to the breakdown of the morals of the public," Tolentino said.
"While the MMDA respects the advertising industry's self-regulation agreement with the government, it is incumbent upon its members to exercise some amount of prudence before they decide to put up advertising signs in public."
As of press time, the advertiser immediately acceded to Tolentino's request to delete the offensive language in his billboards.
September 2, 2014
Chairman Francis Tolentino of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is optimistic that the Supreme Court (SC) will decide in favor of the government’s public service mandate following the petition of Albay Governor Joey Salceda before the high court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the provincial bus ban in Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).
In an interview over DZRJ AM radio station, Tolentino said he looks forward to the Office of the Solicitor General's reply to Salceda’s petition would center on Executive Order 202 centering on the Public Service Act and other legal statutes that national government projects are not TRO-able, even as he stressed that he welcomes the governor's petition because he said this would broaden jurisprudence concerning the real definition of what public convenience is.
"So I look forward to that day when we will be asked by the SC to reply but historically, when we were likewise attempted to be TRO'd when we opened the Southwest Interim Provincial terminal, the high court did not lift a finger on several petitions filed."
Tolentino did not discount the possibility of Salceda having been misinformed on the real issues surrounding the ban on the entry of passenger of buses from the Bicol region into Metro Manila and restricting them to a common terminal in Muntunlupa City citing that the provincial buses being stopped are colorum and out-of-line vehicles.
"I think the facts will sustain us because these buses are colorums, out-of-line, so what happened is that every time they traverse EDSA, or enter Magallanes, or Buendia, or EDSA-Pasay-Taft, they are apprehended. What happens is that the riders will be asked to disembark the bus because the bus will be impounded," he said.
"I think everybody knows that we in government are doing everything possible to solve the traffic congestion problem along EDSA and other major thoroughfares because this has become a social malaise affecting the lives of our countrymen and the efficient delivery of goods in the country," Tolentino added.
The MMDA chief further explained that what the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) did is to rationalize the bus franchises and decided that the best end point would be in Alabang instead of the impounding areas because they are colorum. "I think the facts sway positively in favor of the government because it is providing convenience to those coming from the Bicol region, to board a legitimate bus with a franchise ending in a recognized terminal."
Tolentino also pointed out that legitimate buses will not be stopped under the scheme.
Also during the interview, he said that he has yet to receive a copy of the petition.
August 29, 2014
MMDA To Test-Run One Truck Lane Policy Tomorrow
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)will conduct a test-run of the one truck lane policy along C-5 tomorrow morning.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the measure is aimed to address traffic congestion in the whole stretch of C-5 caused by a huge increase in the volume of trucks passing through C-5.
"Studies showed that there is an 80% increase in the total volume of trucks plying along C-5 during the granting of provisional authorities to trucks for hire applicants and the no apprehension policy by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board," Tolentino said.
Pursuant to Resolution Number 05 Series of 2014 of the Special Traffic Committee of the Metro Manila Council, the following truck ban rules in Metro Manila will be adopted starting September 1 until January 31 next year:
- during the truck hours from Monday to Saturday, including Sundays and holidays, trucks shall only use the innermost lane along C-5 and shall strictly observe the one-lane policy.
- to ensure the efficient implementation of the one-truck lane policy, u-turn slots along C-5 shall be closed except those under the flyovers, and signalized intersections shall be opened.
- at no time during the whole day will container trucks be allowed to park on any street along C-5.
- trucks who fail to observe the one-truck lane policy shall be apprehended and fined P2,000, which is the corresponding penalty to truck ban violation. MMDA shall recommend the blacklisting of the trucking company.
In relation to this, the MMDA will close a total of seven u-turn slots along C-5. At least 70 traffic enforcers and auxiliaries will be deployed to manage the traffic situation in the area.
Note: Private vehicles shall also be allowed to use the truck lane during truck ban hours.
August 29, 2014
North Interim Provincial Bus Terminal to be Operational Next Month
Preparations are underway to transform a swampy and disheveled one-hectare lot into an interim North provincial bus terminal in Caloocan City as end-point for at least 376 provincial buses from Northern Luzon in a bid to solve the perennial traffic congestion problem along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).
Stakeholders at yesterday's meeting led by MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, together with Camanava Mayors Oscar Malapitan of Caloocan City, Antolin Oreta of Malabon City, John Rey Tiangco of Navotas and Land Transportation and Franchising Board Chairman Winston Ginez, jointly announced that before September ends, the said idle privately-owned lot near the Monumento Rotunda would be ready to accommodate the provincial buses coming from Pangasinan, Tarlac and other parts of Northern Luzon.
According to Tolentino, the MMDA and Camanava local governments will pool their efforts to flatten and tidy up the open space in about two weeks time to beat the September deadline for its opening.
"All available resources and manpower will be on hand to speed up the rehabilitation of the North terminal," the MMDA chief said, even as he explained that an inter-modal system is already in place nearby where passengers disembarking from the provincial buses can easily access to a jeepney terminal on the eastern side, and the Light Rail Transit Line 1 and city buses, both along EDSA.
Tolentino said these buses will only be allowed up to Monumento only and that they are also illegally traversing EDSA because there is no legitimate terminal in Monumento.
Earlier this week, the MMDA, together with LTFRB and the city government of Muntinlupa, opened the South Interim Provincial Terminal in Filinvest, Alabang for passenger buses coming from Southern Luzon.
The opening of interim provincial terminals south and north of Metro Manila was hatched after Metro Manila mayors, MMDA, and LTFRB agreed to no longer allow provincial PUBs to ply EDSA to reduce the volume of vehicles traversing EDSA.
According to Tolentino, the government is relentlessly addressing all legitimate concerns regarding the operations of these interim terminals.
"These terminals are temporary and will cease operations once the constructions of the integrated transport hubs are completed. Everyone, including the bus operators, drivers, passengers, and the government need to adjust and cooperate so we can have discipline and order on our roads," he added.
August 28, 2014
MMDA Provides 'Libreng Sakay' Along EDSA
In a bid to help commuters displaced by the glitches in the operations of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), since Tuesday, has dispatched three military trucks to ferry passengers from EDSA - Mother Ignacia to EDSA - Ayala southbound for free.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the trucks are being dispatched daily from 7:30 until 10:00 in the morning. "Two trucks are dedicated for passengers coming from the EDSA - Mother Ignacia area, while one truck services the entire stretch of Ayala going to EDSA."
The 'Libreng Sakay' scheme came on the heels of the recent technical problems that has affected the operations of the MRT-3 and has stranded thousands of passengers, especially during peak hours.
According to Tolentino, the trucks will provide free rides until tomorrow (Friday).
"We are continuously looking for ways to provide essential services to the public and at the same time improve traffic situation in the metropolis," Tolentino said.
Traffic Advisory: The Magallanes Fly-over along South Super Highway (SB) going to Alabang shall be closed to traffic from August 8 to 17, 2014, in line with the DPWH's Magallanes Interchange Rehabilitation Project.
All affected vehicles are advised to take the service road. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Traffic Advisory: To give way to the on-going project of DPWH - Magallanes Interchange Rehabilitation Project, EDSA - Taft Ave. shall be opened to all left-turning vehicles coming rom Roxas Blvd. only - from August 9 (Saturday) to August 17, 2014 (Sunday).
Starting June 1, before the opening of school year 2014-2015, the operating hours of the revived Pasig River ferry service will be extended to accommodate more passengers, especially students going back to school, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced today.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be implementing a temporary modified truck ban scheme along Roxas Boulevard and Osmena Highway on Thursday, May 22, to give way to the upcoming 23rd World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia to be hosted by the Philippines.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today clarified that despite the lifting of the truck ban eight days effective yesterday both in Manila and the rest of Metro Manila, the existing truck ban rules in the metropolis are not applicable in Edsa where total truck ban is still observed and along C-5, Katipunan, Commonwealth Ave. and all other routes.