ICYMI: CLLEX, Metro Manila Subway updates; no more quota for Pasig traffic enforcers?

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by TopGear.com.ph | Jun 2, 2019
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Incoming Pasig mayor wants quota system for traffic enforcers abolished

“Pasig City mayor-elect Vico Sotto recently stirred up social media when he announced his plans to remove the city’s ‘unfair and ineffective’ odd-even coding scheme on his first day of office—to the delight of many netizens. In a previous interview, he also stated that he intends to remove the quota system imposed on the city’s traffic enforcers.

“According to a report by the Manila Bulletin, Sotto reiterated in a DZMM interview yesterday that he plans to push through with the removal of the traffic enforcers’ quotas.

“‘Ang problema po kasi sa quota system, pag may quota po yung enforcer, talagang na-pre-pressure sila na manghuli nang manghuli imbes na asikasuhin ang daloy ng trapiko,’ Sotto said in the interview. ‘Dapat mag-focus sila sa daloy ng trapiko.’”

In San Juan, mayor-elect plans to ban Annapolis street parking

“In an interview on One News PH, the San Juan City mayor-elect Francis Zamora mentioned the removal of street parking along Annapolis as part of his plan to deal with traffic congestion in his city.


“‘We have to look at yung street parking. Street parking is also a big problem because it impedes the flow of traffic,’” he said during the televised interview.

“‘We will remove the street parking in the Annapolis area of Greenhills because masikip na nga yung kalye, pinagparkingan pa. That is a commitment I gave to our constituents.’”

4.1km section of CLLEX is nearing completion

“Contract Package 1 of the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) Phase 1, which is expected to cut the travel time between the cities of Tarlac and Cabanatuan by more than half, is now 97% complete, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced.

“CLLEX Phase 1—a four-lane, 30km expressway that passes through the municipalities of La Paz in Tarlac, and Zaragoza and Aliaga in Nueva Ecija—is expected to decongest Daang Maharlika by up to 48%, according to the DPWH. Secretary Mark Villar added that 11,200 motorists are expected to take the new route daily upon its completion, and that it will serve as an alternate route between the two aforementioned cities.

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“Phase 1 of the project is made up of four packages, with the P1.603-billion Contract Package 1 covering a four-lane expressway that spans 4.1km, plus the provision of an underpass bridge and two farm passages.”

An update on presenting vehicle OR/CR for emission testing

A memorandum issued jointly by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on May 24, 2019, stated that presenting “a photocopy of the OR/CR of vehicles without license plates for purposes of emission testing” will be allowed.

Shortly after the memo’s release, however, our sources from the LTO informed us that as of May 29, 2019, the said memo below has been retracted and taken down from all LTO branches. Further updates will be reported as soon as possible.

PH government aiming for 10K e-jeepneys, 200 charging stations by 2022

“According to Rafaelita Aldaba, undersecretary for competitiveness and innovation of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), there are 4,362 registered electric vehicles and 19 charging stations in the Philippines as of December 2018. By 2022, the government’s target is to build 200 charging stations at SM malls and Shell outlets, as well as to deploy 10,000 electric jeepneys to service public-transport users.


“The researcher-turned policy-maker presented a study conducted by Frost & Sullivan that showed 46% of Filipinos are open to buying EVs, citing ‘better safety standards,’ ‘charging flexibility,’ and ‘better range equal to a full tank’ as motivating factors for an EV purchase. In addition, 63% of buyers in the ASEAN region have range anxiety and safety concerns over EVs.”

In 2018, Metro Manila averaged 40 road injuries, one fatality per day

“According to data from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System (MMRAS), the Philippine capital averaged slightly over 49 cases of non-fatal road injuries and one fatality per day in 2018. Incidents of damage to property occurred 270 times per day.

“The document showed that the grand total of recorded incidents in 2018—fatal or otherwise—is 116,906. There were 394 deaths from 383 recorded incidents with fatalities last year. Here’s one positive takeaway, though: Those figures mean there were fewer recorded incidents with fatalities in 2018 than in 2017, which saw 434 deaths from 434 recorded cases. A small improvement, but an improvement nonetheless.


“‘It shows the effectiveness of the engineering solutions and interventions of the MMDA toward road safety,’ the 2018 MMRAS report says regarding the statistics.”

Tunnel boring for Metro Manila Subway to begin next year

“The cutter head for the tunnel boring machine that will be used for the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) arrived at the Batangas Port in March, and the Department of Transportation says it’s only a matter of time until it gets to digging.

“‘Tunnel boring will begin next year, after a prior step which is to dig and excavate the station boxes,’ the DOTr says. ‘After the station boxes are excavated, the tunnel boring machine (TBM) will be lowered into the station box, so the TBM can proceed with boring/tunneling between station boxes.

“‘Tunneling in between stations (with the use of the TBM) will start next year, second quarter. Digging and excavation for stations will start the fourth quarter of this year.’”


2,500 MMDA enforcers to manage traffic for opening of classes

“Monday, June 3, 2019 marks the reopening of many schools across the country. To ensure that traffic flows smoothly, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will deploy 2,500 enforcers on June 3 and the succeeding days.

“‘We shall field traffic personnel in traffic-prone areas around the metropolis and monitor traffic situation on roads leading to schools so we can easily augment personnel when needed,’” says MMDA chairman Danilo Lim.

“The enforcers, Lim says, will begin their duty before 5am on Monday. In addition, MMDA Traffic Discipline Office chief Teroy Taguinod explains that district traffic heads have been reminded to coordinate with local authorities (schools, barangays, and other officials) to figure out the best ways to ease traffic around schools.”

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