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Manila starts ban on buses without terminals

Jee Y. Geronimo
In line with the city of Manila's resolution, the MMDA issues an advisory on alternative routes

MANILA, Philippines – The city of Manila started implementing on Tuesday, July 23, a ban on city and provincial buses without terminals, surprising commuters who had to transfer rides to get to their usual destinations.

Resolution No. 48, authored by Councilor Manuel Zarcal and adopted by the city council on July 16, banned buses from plying Manila’s roads if they don’t have terminals within the city.

In line with the resolution, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) issued a traffic advisory for bus drivers enroute to Manila.

It says all provincial buses with private terminals inside the city will be allowed to travel up to their terminals and back without loading or unloading along any street of Manila.

Zarcal’s resolution in Manila cited a study conducted by the University of the Philippines, showing that one of the biggest factors of traffic congestion in Metro Manila is the “high volume of buses” going through it.

“Whereas due to the ever-worsening traffic congestion being haplessly experienced by the general public in the City of Manila, it is high time and imperative to regulate the use of all roads and streets by all public utility provincial buses traversing the streets of the City of Manila by allowing only the provincial and city buses with existing terminals within the city the use of the same,” the resolution stated.

The MMDA has advised the buses to take these routes:

  • From Quezon City, take Mabuhay Rotonda through a U-Turn slot back to Quezon City.
  • From the north, whether city or provincial: From A. Bonifacio, turn right to Blumentritt, another right to Aurora Boulevard toward Rizal Avenue to Caloocan enroute to C3, and onward to destination in the north. They may only unload passengers along Aurora Boulevard in front of Mercury Drugstore.
  • From the south via Osmeña Avenue, go straight and right to Quirino Avenue, take a left turn to Plaza Dilao Rotonda, back to Quirino Avenue, then left to Osmeña Highway.
  • From the south via Taft Avenue, turn right to Vito Cruz, take a right turn to Estrada Street, turn left to Zobel Roxas to Osmeña Avenue.

Map showing the area of the City of Manila (in orange) and the end points of the bus routes where buses are allowed (in black).

Many commuters and bus drivers were not aware of the new resolution.

With Manila as home to numerous colleges and universities, the ban affected students who ride buses on their way to school.

Rappler compiled the reactions of Filipino netizens to Resolution No. 48. Some were surprised, others were against it, while there were those who said it may not be all that bad.


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Jee Y. Geronimo

Jee is part of Rappler's Central Desk, handling most of the world, science, and environment stories on the site. She enjoys listening to podcasts and K-pop, watching Asian dramas, and running long distances. She hopes to visit Israel someday to retrace the steps of her Savior.