Parañaque coding scheme delayed until November (Photo courtesy of EDSA Traffic Update)
Due to the strong opposition of the residents of Parañaque, City Mayor Edwin Olivarez decided to move the implementation of the number coding scheme in its major highways to next month, November 3.
Residents complained of the “no window hour,” in which cars in coding schemes for a particular day wouldn’t be able to use the major highways in Paranaque from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The city officials now moved it to 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM and 4:00 AM to 7:00 PM only.
The roads that would be affected by the scheme are Dr. A. Santos Avenue or Sucat Ave.; Quirino Avenue; Ninoy Aquino Ave., road leading to Ninoy Aquino International Airport; Doña Soldedad Road; East Service Road; and West Service Road.
Vendors return to Divisoria
Hundreds of vendors returning to the side streets of Divisoria
Six hundred and ten vendors are returning to Divisoria side streets as permitted by the Mayor of the City, Joseph Estrada. The streets that will be affected include Tabora, Carmen Planas, Juan Luna, Sto. Cristo, and Ilaya to name a few.
Estrada announced that he is allowing the return for the vendors to have a source of income since most of them lost their businesses during the clearing operations in the city. The City’s officials will still make sure that all the vendors that are allowed to return has secured their permit to operate, are legal residents of Manila, and will not obstruct any major highways.
Weekday sales no longer allowed
In an effort to ease up the traffic situation in Metro Manila, in particular, during the coming holiday season, the Interagency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) and mall operators in the metro has agreed that mall sales should only be conducted during weekends.
The scheme which will reduce weekend sales to only two days, or Saturday and Sunday, will start on October 21 and is set to end by January 9 of next year. Vehicles queuing to enter in malls’ parking spaces will also no longer be allowed to stay in the road while in line. These measures aim to prevent mall sales from affecting and slowing down traffic in Edsa highway, where 16 major malls are located.
Other arrangements to be discussed by I-ACT and mall officers in their succeeding meetings include scheduling product deliveries to malls through delivery trucks during 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM only as well as late-opening and late-closing time which is 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.