October 22, 2015
MMDA, Highway Patrol Group Will Use Firm Hand to Ease Traffic Along Edsa and Secondary Roads in Metro This X’mas Season
Starting Monday, Nov. 2, until January next year, from 6 am to 9 pm daily, composite traffic and clearing operations teams of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), local government units (LGUs) and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (HPG) will clear Epifanio delos Santos Ave (Edsa) and the Mabuhay Lanes of all forms of obstruction that impede the flow of people and traffic, according to Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras.
In a press briefing, Almendras said that after a series of technical working group meetings with traffic bureau heads and representatives from the LGUs, HPG and the MMDA, they saw the need to undertake the tremendous task of clearing Edsa and Mabuhay lanes along secondary roads in Metro Manila of unsightly and disorderly run-down structures, ambulant vendors, road impediments, illegally parked motor vehicles, sidewalk blockades and arrest violators of LGU and MMDA traffic ordinances.
Given the state of this network of interconnected roads, Almendras said the government will strictly enforce all traffic rules and regulations without let-up for the duration of the two month-long clearing and clean up operations.
“Pasensiyahan tayo (So sorry), but this is a response to the complaints of our people, for some, a cry of help for their government to come to their aid because Edsa and the streets of Metro Manila have come to symbolize the horrors of congested roads, traffic moving at a snail’s pace or even stops to a standstill,” he said adding that law enforcers are constrained to implement all these traffic measures to preclude a “carmageddon” of sorts along major and inner roads of the metropolis.
Almendras said the traffic initiatives that will be implemented by the inter-agency group include :
- All illegally parked motor vehicles on Edsa and secondary streets of Mabuhay or Christmas lanes will be towed away and violators will be apprehended and slapped with corresponding fines and penalties
- Illegal vending of ambulant vendors with their “karitons” (push carts) in tow along Edsa will no longer be allowed and their wares will be confiscated if they refuse to cooperate, under existing LGU ordinances.
- Even those (illegal vendors) claiming they have secured permits to sell their wares will be apprehended ; and,
- Some u-turn slots that have been found to be unnecessary along Edsa and other major thoroughfares will be closed and replaced with more efficient signal light system