'Odd-even' traffic scheme too drastic, says MMDA chair

Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2017 06:33 PM

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The 'odd-even' number-coding scheme may be too drastic a measure to be implemented, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) acting Chair Tim Orbos said.

Orbos said he had mused implementing the scheme at least along the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), but upon consultation found that the measure would be too drastic and not doable yet.

He added, the no-window hour number-coding scheme and the no-weekday mega sale in malls are likely staying. 

Regulating delivery vans and trucks along EDSA is also being mulled by the MMDA chair, and he would like to see this implemented soon.

Under the scheme, trucks and delivery vans, as well as transportation network companies (TNC) such as Grab and Uber, rental taxis, and fuel trucks may have to be fined an anti-congestion fee, and travel of these vehicles along EDSA will have to be rationed during peak hours.

Orbos said more traffic schemes will be implemented this week.

He also announced that no special traffic schemes or rerouting and road closures will be implemented during the Miss Universe pageant on January 30.

The event, he said, is confined at the Mall of Asia Arena area in Pasay, so EDSA will not be affected.

But just the same, he assured that the MMDA will provide support to the pageant organizers on traffic management.


Meanwhile, the 2016 iteration of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) may have taught the organizers a lesson or two, but Orbos said they will not make changes in the film selection policy in the future.

The recent festival may have earned only 50% of what had been garnered in previous years, but it was successful in churning out quality films for the public. Thus, indie films will not be a staple at the MMFF.