October 13, 2016
Mall Owners Give Nod to I-ACT Traffic Proposals
Mall owners and operators in Metro Manila today agreed to all the proposals and schemes of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) to ease the traffic condition especially this coming Holiday Season.
During a meeting with I-ACT representatives from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), mall owners have expressed their willingness to comply and implement the four suggestions of the traffic body.
The mall operators gave their nod to the submission of traffic management plan, which includes deployment of their own traffic personnel; the nighttime deliveries (from 11 p.m. up to 5 a.m. the next day); and the management of the queuing of vehicles going to the shopping centers will be coordinated with I-ACT traffic personnel.
The mall owners also agreed to the no conduct of sales and other crowd-drawing events during weekdays which would start on November 1 instead of October 21.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos expressed gratitude to the mall owners for their cooperation. “This show of support from the private sector will definitely help the government towards the common goal of solving the traffic problem in Metro Manila.”
The MMDA official asked the mall owners to submit all their concerns and suggestions to improve traffic situation on their respective areas to the I-ACT for proper evaluation and action.
Orbos clarified that the no-weekday sale of the shopping centers only pertains to mall-wide scale. He, however, pointed out that he holding of sales of particular department stores and tenants inside the mall should likewise be coordinated with the I-ACT.
Present in the meeting were Gen. Antonio Gardiola of PNP-HPG and DOTr Assistant Secretary for Land Transportation Mark De Leon.