October 30, 2015
Clearing Operation on Mabuhay Lanes on full blast Monday (Nov. 2)
The no-nonsense clearing of obstructions along the Mabuhay Lanes or Christmas Lanes will go full-blast on Monday, November 2, in an effort to decongest the designated alternate routes for motorists who want to avoid Edsa.
The intensified clearing operations, spearheaded by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) along with the local government units (LGUs), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Philippine National Police- Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Land Transportation Office (LTO), will start around 6 a.m.
MMDA Officer in Charge Emerson Carlos said initially two teams each from agency’s Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group, Parking Discipline Group and Task Force Anti-Illegal Terminal, together with their counterparts from HPG, DPWH, LTO and DILG, will be deployed to clear the 21 routes of the Mabuhay Lanes of ambulant vendors and road obstructions such as illegally parked vehicles.
Carlos said the MMDA teams will also be handing out leaflets and flyers to remind motorists and the concerned residents that the alternate routes for Edsa should be free of any form of road obstructions from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“We should educate them that these alternate routes should be free of obstructions during these times or else we would be clearing them repeatedly,” Carlos said, noting that the Mabuhay Lanes must be decongested until the Holiday rush when vehicular traffic in Metro Manila increases substantially.
Carlos also said that all permits issued by barangay officials concerning the use of roads such as vending on the streets and sidewalks are deemed cancelled and vendors’s wares will be confiscated and turned over to the local government units.
Motor vehicles that will be hauled by tow trucks during the operation will be brought to the nearest MMDA impounding area.
Earlier, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said the government will strictly enforce all traffic rules and regulations without let-up for the duration of the two-month long clearing operations of Edsa and Mabuhay Lanes.
“This is response to the complaints of our people, for some, a cry for help for their government to come to their aid,” Almendras said.