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LIST: Traffic schemes for Alabang, Balintawak starting February 14

Feb 14, 2020 - 6:58 PM

The traffic adjustments will give way to construction works for the Skyway extension and Skyway Stage 3 projects

MORE TRAFFIC CONGESTION. Heavy traffic along South Luzon Expressway Northbound due to construction of Skyway near Alabang on September 26, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MMDA recommends banning motorcycle taxis on national roads

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:11 PM

'Kung ang tricycle tatlo na ang gulong bawal sa national road, lalo na 'tong mga motorcycle taxi,' says MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia

NO NATIONAL ROADS? The MMDA eyes banning motorcycle taxi operations along national highways. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

More security, safety measures for Traslacion

Jan 04, 2020 - 3:22 PM

The procession will go through Ayala Bridge instead of Jones Bridge this year

INCREASED SECURITY. A K9 unit roams the vicinity of the Plaza Miranda fronting the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong

Metro Manila number coding suspended December 23-January 2

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says there will be no number coding during the holidays, with the suspension of the scheme longer for provincial buses

Hundreds of passengers bound for the provinces for Christmas vacation troop at the Bus Terminal along Edsa in Quezon City on Monday, December 23, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

Pasig River ferry service relaunched, free until January 31

Dec 09, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The ferry will run from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City to Escolta in Manila

RELAUNCHED. Commuters may now take the Pasig River ferry again, with two new boats provided by the Pasig city government. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No more free P2P rides for SEA Games spectators on November 30

Nov 28, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Despite earlier commitments, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee will no longer be providing free rides to opening ceremony spectators

NO FREE RIDES. Spectators will no longer be offered free point-to-point buses to go to the Philippine Arena. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Only 110 P2P buses for 22,000 SEA Games spectators on Nov 30 – MMDA

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Around 16,500 spectators will have no dedicated transportation to and from the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony

INSUFFICIENT. An expected 22,000 spectators will have to find alternate modes of transport, since only 5,500 can be accommodated by designated P2P buses. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

LIST: Road closures, alternative routes during SEA Games 2019

Nov 23, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Be aware of these road closures and alternative routes from November 30 to December 11

CONVOYS. Escorts will be provided for convoys that will transport delegates to the SEA Games 2019 venues. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

MMDA: 'Expect delays' during SEA Games opening ceremony simulation

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:16 PM

The simulation will take place on Thursday, November 14, along EDSA and other major roads

SIMULATION. Commuters and motorists should expect lengthier travel times on Thursday, November 14, in view of the simulation of the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony that will occur in different areas around Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA recommends road closures, 'class holidays' for SEA Games 2019

Nov 11, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The proposals are awaiting Malacañang's approval

BRACE FOR TRAFFIC. The Metropolitan Manila Development is in the process of making more traffic preparations ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

[OPINION] How do you solve a problem like EDSA?

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Traffic congestion reveals a deeper malady: lack of a well-defined land use plan for the National Capital Region

MMDA, QC gov't shut down Baliwag bus depot along North Avenue

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The city government will develop a 'matrix' to determine the validity of all the bus terminals' documents

CLOSED. The Baliwag Transit bus depot along North Avenue was shut down by the MMDA and the QC Government after it was discovered that they had fake documents. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

MMDA: Over 1K drivers with at least 100 violations still driving

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:38 PM

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia says of drivers who complain about the fines and ask for leniency: 'Walang karapatang magreklamo ang mga pasaway'

SHAPE UP. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia warns drivers with more than 100 violations to shape up, or else they will not be able to drive in the next year. Photo by Darren Langit/RapplerPhoto by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA lifts number coding scheme for Undas 2019

Oct 27, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The MMDA will also deploy 2,300 personnel to assist passengers at bus terminals and ports

INCREASED DEMAND. Thousands of passengers are set to go home to their provinces for the days of the dead, causing increased volume at bus terminals and ports. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MMDA bans weekday mall sales for Christmas season 2019

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:59 PM

All Metro Manila malls will also open at 11 am

NO WEEKDAY SALES. Metro Manila malls are prohibited from holding sales during weekdays from November 11 to January 10, 2020, to decongest traffic.

[EDITORIAL] Nakakalason ang singaw ng tambutso ni Panelo

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM

There is nothing to prove. There's a huge transportation crisis as well as an EQ and IQ deficit in government to understand the problem.

MMDA, Caloocan City Hall tear down 2 barangay halls

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Caloocan City officials demolish a pair of barangay offices built on sidewalks

DEMOLITION. A Caloocan barangay is torn down. Photos from Caloocan PIO

Tomas Claudio Bridge in Manila to be closed starting August 3

Jul 31, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Here are the alternate routes that motorists should follow for the next 6 months, according to the MMDA

CLOSURE. Construction of Skyway Stage 3 project starts, as the MMDA announces the closure of the Tomas Claudio bridge in Pandacan, Manila, starting August 3, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

SC orders MMDA to answer petitions vs EDSA provincial bus ban

Jun 25, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The High Court consolidates 3 petitions against the EDSA provincial bus ban

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA to ask Duterte hazard pay for traffic enforcers

Jun 15, 2019 - 2:23 PM

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim tells traffic enforcers that he will write to President Rodrigo Duterte about the matter

HAZARD PAY NEEDED. A recent study showed that MMDA traffic enforcer's blood contains lead due to their nature of work. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Expert says provincial bus ban to worsen Metro traffic congestion

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Transport economist Jedd Ugay says that if MMDA wants to reduce traffic congestion, the effect of the provincial bus ban is the 'total opposite'

CLOSURE. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is set to close provincial bus terminals along EDSA in June. File photos by Ben Nabong and Joel Liporada/Rappler

Lawmakers berate MMDA over lack of data, absence of general manager

May 30, 2019 - 2:02 PM

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia arrives an hour after congressmen reprimanded other MMDA officials who attended a hearing on road safety issues

Provincial bus terminals not to be closed on June 1

May 29, 2019 - 2:43 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority stands firm on its policy closing provincial bus terminals along EDSA, pending the Supreme Court decision on petitions filed against it

CLOSURE. Provincial bus terminals along EDSA faces an impending closure. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MMDA lifts number coding for provincial buses on May 10, 14

May 07, 2019 - 10:52 PM

MMDA says this is for commuters who will travel to and from provinces to cast their votes on election day

BUSES. This file photo shows MMDA traffic enforcers in front of buses along EDSA. File photo by Joel Liporada

MMDA lifts number coding for PUVs on April 23

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority suspends number coding for public utility vehicles on Tuesday, April 23, to help commuters in case railways were damaged in the Luzon earthquake

STRANDED. Passengers ride a provincial bus along EDSA, after being stranded due to the closure of railway lines. Photo from MMDA

Metro Manila number coding suspended April 17-22

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says there will be no number coding beginning Holy Wednesday, April 17, until Easter Monday, April 22

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Estrella Service Road in Makati partially closed starting March 23

Mar 12, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The partial closure of the Estrella Service Road will last up to two years, until the expected completion of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in 2021

MMDA backs postponing closure of Tandang Sora flyover, intersection

Feb 20, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says it will recommend the postponement to the Department of Transportation

CLOSED. Tandang Sora intersection will be temporarily closed due to the construction of Tandang Sora MRT7 station. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

MMDA wants to 'diet' EDSA lanes, proposes slimmer roads

Dec 27, 2018 - 3:41 PM

MMDA proposes to narrow down EDSA lanes from the existing width of 3.4 meters to a slim 2.8 meters

EDSA TRAFFIC. Bumper to bumper traffic along EDSA at the height of monsoon rains on August 11, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

MMDA to file complaint vs DOJ prosecutor in viral video

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The MMDA legal team is drafting an administrative complaint against prosecutor Christine Villamora Estepa

ROW. MMDA supervising operations officer Bong Nebrija apprehends a motorist in a viral video. Screengrab from Gadget Addict's Facebook video

Jolted netizens liken #MMShakeDrill phone alarm to 'The Purge' siren

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'Do not panic? Eh mas nagpanic pa ako doon sa alarm sound, muntik ko pa itapon phone ko,' says one irate netizen

Provincial bus ban on EDSA moved to August 1

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) The ban is from 7 am to 10 am, and from 6 pm to 9 pm on weekdays, starting August 1

BAN. Provincial buses banned from plying EDSA starting August. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Heavier traffic expected in parts of Quezon City due to MRT7 construction

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Motorists and commuters who pass through Regalado Highway, the Tandang Sora Avenue-Commonwealth Avenue intersection, and North Avenue will be affected

Heavy traffic in parts of QC expected starting April 30 – MMDA. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said motorists should expect heavy traffic in Quezon City with the closure of several roads due to the construction of the Metro Rail Transit 7 (MRT-7). One-way traffic would be implemented on Regalado, from Mindanao Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue, for the construction of a coping beam and starting on May 1, the contractors will start working on the construction of MRT-7 Tandang Sora station at the intersection of Commonwealth and Tandang Sora Avenue. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte names Allen Capuyan as adviser on indigenous peoples

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also appoints a new SEC commissioner and names Jojo Garcia – previously just officer-in-charge – as MMDA general manager

IN CHARTS: How deadly are Metro Manila roads?

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:09 PM

An MMDA study reveals that 4 in every 100,000 Filipinos died due to road crashes in Metro Manila in 2017

CRASH. Rescuers attend injured victims inside a vehicle during the #MMShakeDrill in June 2016. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Traffic Calvary: MMDA to close Commonwealth-Philcoa U-turn on Holy Thursday

Mar 26, 2018 - 5:45 PM

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia says affected motorists will have to go around the Quezon Memorial Elliptical Road to head to Commonwealth Avenue eastbound

REROUTING PLAN. The MMDA releases a rerouting plan ahead of the MRT7 construction along Commonwealth-Philcoa area in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of MMDA

Fire out at Manila Pavilion after 25 hours

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The death toll from the blaze stands at 5, with 24 others injured

FIRE OUT. The Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino is engulfed in thick smoke as firefighters battle a Task Force Bravo blaze during through the hotel at the corner of Maria Orosa and U.N. Avenue in Manila on March 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Fire hits UP Diliman Shopping Center

Mar 08, 2018 - 8:25 AM

(4th UPDATE) UP Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Dalisay Jr says the fire that hit a canteen spread throughout the shopping center's main building. The Bureau of Fire Protection declares fire out over an hour later.

Firemen try to put off the fire at the UP Diliman Shopping Center in Quezon City on March 8, 2018.. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Coconut vendor in viral video arrested for murder

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) An arrest warrant issued for Romnick Relos way back in 2008 is found

ARRESTED. MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim talks to Romnick Relos who just arrived at the MMDA office. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

MMDA suspends enforcers who assaulted coconut vendor

Mar 05, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'We condemn and we don't tolerate this kind of action from our employees, whatever the reason,' says MMDA OIC General Manager Jojo Garcia

SUSPENDED. MMDA OIC General Manager Jojo Garcia says enforcers who assaulted the coconut vendor is suspended started Monday, March 5, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Regalado Highway in Quezon City to be partially closed for 5 hours

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:40 PM

A portion of the highway will be closed beginning 11 pm on Monday, February 26, until 4 am on Tuesday, February 27, due to construction of the MRT7

ROAD CONGESTION. Construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT7) brings heavy traffic. Rappler file photo

Duterte appoints Jose Arturo Garcia as MMDA OIC general manager

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Jose Arturo Garcia Jr takes the responsibilities of Thomas Orbos, who stays on as transportation undersecretary

MMDA, Metro Manila LGUs to send aid for Mayon evacuees in Albay

Feb 07, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Each Metro Manila local government unit will contribute at least P500,000 to a common fund for the evacuees. Emergency response personnel are also set for deployment.

EVACUATION. Some families and individuals affected by the Mayon volcano eruption were evacuated in Bical High School in Sto. Domingo, Albay. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Who ‘killed’ Metro Manila?

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Force Filipino mayors to take a mandatory course on the basics of urban planning – an important task where they tend to show the utmost lack of understanding

MMDA official jokes about shooting 'negative' journalists

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:51 PM

MMDA Assistant General Manager Jojo Garcia jokes that journalists who write unflattering reports about his agency should become targets of Oplan Tokhang

JOKER JOJO. MMDA Assistant General Manager Jojo Garcia gives a press briefing. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

MMDA to set 50 km/h speed limit for EDSA, C5, Commonwealth

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Also covered by the plan to reduce the speed limit are Roxas Boulevard, Quezon Avenue, and Marcos Highway

BUSY ROAD. EDSA is the most used thoroughfare in the Philippines, passing through 6 cities. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

MMDA eyes ban on driver-only cars from one EDSA lane

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The proposal could be tested as early as Monday, December 11

SORTING LANE. The MMDA will test the scheme as early as Monday, December 11. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTO cancels Maria Isabel Lopez's driver's license

Nov 27, 2017 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) The actress will not be allowed to reapply for a license in the next two years, and must also pay P8,000 in fines

3 hurt in Mandaluyong gasoline station fire

Nov 24, 2017 - 6:54 PM

The MMDA is looking into a construction accident as the possible cause of the explosion near the exclusive Wack Wack Subdivision

MMDA reroutes PUVs in bid to ease Marcos Highway traffic

Oct 18, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Public utility vehicles are now prohibited from loading and unloading passengers in front of Robinsons Metro East and Sta Lucia East Grand Mall