No end in sight for Metro Manila trafficTraffic congestion in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila, is a major problem. According to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Metro Manila’s gridlocks cost the metropolis some P3.5 billion a day that could skyrocket to P5.4 billion by 2035. P3.5 billion, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) head of traffic Edison Bong Nebrija noted, could fund construction of a new bridge — alas not enough to put an end to the all-too-frequent “carmaggedons” that are now a part of Metro Manila life. Based on MMDA records, around 386,000 to 402,000 vehicles traverse EDSA daily, beyond the highway’s capacity of 235,000 During the “ber” months — the Christmas season in the Philippines runs from September to December — this increases by 20 percent.MMDA spokesman Celine Pialago said the main causes of traffic on EDSA, aside from the volume of vehicles, are an average of 42 … [Read more...] about No end in sight for Metro Manila traffic
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Metro Manila: What went wrong?First of two parts What is more disappointing is that these were all foreseen in the 1970s, and little was done about it. The World Bank-funded Metro Manila Transport, Land Use and Development Planning Project (or the MMetroplan) was published in 1976. I was a senior planner and team leader for development planning of the MMetroplan. The MMetroplan was an inter-agency project of the government of the Philippines with Freeman Fox and Associates that provided recommendations to manage development and control where it takes place and presented planning advice for transport and other development opportunities. The MMetroplan team said that with a “do nothing scenario,” Metro Manila would have catastrophic traffic and flooding; garbage and sewerage problems; lack of water supply, decent housing, and transportation systems; and will be vulnerable to disasters and other urban ills. Previous urban plans, transport plans, and traffic engineering and … [Read more...] about Metro Manila: What went wrong?
Classes suspended in parts of Metro Manila due to bad weatherSOME local governments in Metro Manila suspended classes in all levels, public and private, as monsoon rains enhanced by tropical depression “Falcon” (inyernational name: Danas) were expected on Wednesday. Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso suspended classes from pre-school to elementary in public and private schools. In a Facebook post by the Quezon City Public Affairs Office on Tuesday night, acting mayor Gian Carlo Sotto approved the recommendation of the city’s risk reduction and management council to suspend classes in view of the “light to moderate to occasional heavy rains expected.”Pasig City Mayor Victor “Vico” Sotto sent a tweet on Tuesday night announcing the suspension of classes. Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos also announced the suspension of classes in the city.The Marikina City government, on its Facebook page, said … [Read more...] about Classes suspended in parts of Metro Manila due to bad weather
Pasay, Quezon City ‘areas of concern’ in May polls — Metro police chiefAFTER a string of gun violence directed at politicians in Pasay and Quezon City, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) marked them as “areas of concern” ahead of the May elections. While he saw no reason to declare “hotspots” in the metropolis, NCRPO Chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said on Tuesday that the death of Barangay Chairman Crisell “Beng” Beltran prompted him to declare Quezon City an area of concern. Eleazar said the recurring gun violence and politically-motivated attacks against barangay officials in Pasay for the past months also convinced him to keep an eye on the city. “Five cities were [originally] declared areas of concern, but eventually they were reduced to two: Pasay and Quezon City, because of the recent violence, the death of [a] barangay chairwoman running for congressman and then in … [Read more...] about Pasay, Quezon City ‘areas of concern’ in May polls — Metro police chief
New internet service provider experiences ‘connectivity’ woes in Metro Manila, suburbsA new internet service provider (ISP) informed its subscribers on Tuesday that it was experiencing “connectivity” problems in some of its service areas but assured them that its technical team was conducting repairs. In a statement posted on its social media platforms, Converge ICT Solutions said while connection was restored at about 2 a.m., “connectivity issues affecting subscribers” were detected hours later. “Our technical team is currently conducting fiber [optic] blowing for permanent resolution,” said the telecommunications company, which businessman Dennis Uy owns.“We received an update from our concerned group: Restoration still ongoing.” According to website Outage Report, Metro Manila was widely affected by the outage, with Quezon City generating 125 reports to the site over the past 24 hours. General Trias in Cavite had 109 … [Read more...] about New internet service provider experiences ‘connectivity’ woes in Metro Manila, suburbs