Starting Oct 31 on EDSA, C5: No more 'window hours' for private vehicles

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Friday, October 7, the removal of the Number Coding Scheme's "window hours" for private vehicles plying EDSA and C5 starting end of October.

"In a bid to decongest traffic in Metro Manila, the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic and the Metro Manila Council have agreed to come up with a Resolution to remove the 'window hours' for private vehicles traversing EDSA and C5, under the Number Coding Scheme," DOTr said in a Facebook post. 

During "window hours" from 10 am to 3 pm, motorists covered by the Number Coding Scheme or the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program Number can still pass through the main thoroughfares without being apprehended. 

"The Resolution is set to be implemented on October 31, 2016, 15 working days after its publication on [October] 10," the post read. 

In another Facebook post, the department clarified that the Number Coding Scheme will continue to be enforced:

Monday: 1 and 2
Tuesday: 3 and 4
Wednesday: 5 and 6
Thursday: 7 and 8
Friday: 9 and 0
Weekends and holidays: None

While waiting for emergency powers to be granted, the Duterte administration formed an inter-agency body to solve Metro Manila traffic, which was dubbed the worst on earth by navigation app Waze.

Still, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admitted that the government failed to make significant improvements in the country's traffic and transportation problems during President Rodrigo Duterte's first 100 days. –