Modified coding scheme implementation in Metro Manila suspended: MMDA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 07 2020 12:37 PM

A lone biker temporarily uses the southbound lane of EDSA designated for buses as private vehicles start piling up Monday, the first day of general community quarantine in Metro Manila. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The implementation of a modified number coding scheme in Metro Manila is suspended until further notice due to limited public transportation, transport authorities said Sunday.

The scheme was supposed to take effect Monday.

The Department of Transportation is still identifying more bus routes, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said.

"Marami pa rin po tayong kababayan ang nahihirapang sumakay under GCQ (general community quarantine), kaya po kami sa MMDA ayaw po muna natin bigyan ng dagdag isipin ang mga motorista," MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said. 

(The public still finds it difficult to commute under GCQ so the MMDA would not like to add to motorists' problems.)

"Sa ngayon po, hindi po muna i-implement ang modified number coding scheme bukas until further notice."

(For now, the modified number coding scheme will not be implemented tomorrow until further notice.)

Work and public transport resumed at limited capacity last June 1, when Metro Manila and other urban areas transitioned to a looser lockdown after 11 weeks of enhanced community quarantine.