MANILA - The Metro Manila Development Authority has asked malls to open at a much later hour starting October 16 to minimize traffic as the holiday season nears, the agency said on Sunday.
The MMDA said it has talked to mall operators who agreed to open their doors at 11 a.m. during weekdays, and at 10 a.m. during Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
MMDA spokersperson Celine Pialago added that they also expect malls to refrain from holding special sales on weekdays, which tend to worsen traffic, especially along EDSA.
However, Pialago admitted that the MMDA cannot really force mall operators to change their schedules.
"We hope they will comply because we don't have a memorandum of agreement with this. We just have this gentlemen's agreement," Pialago told ANC's "Dateline."
Meanwhile, SM said it is supporting the MMDA's request for malls to change their business hours.
On its Facebook page, the mall operator said it already started implementing new business hours for its malls on October 15, Sunday.