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MMDA’s ‘No Window Hours’ remains a work in progress

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Thomas Orbos admits they are still figuring out how to make the “No Window Hours” policy an effective way of easing traffic in Metro Manila.

For one, Orbos admits the secondary roads around the metropolis bore the brunt of the vehicles affected by the scheme which had its test run last Monday before its implementation Wednesday.

“I agree po ‘no. In fact, it’s the same observation we had on the same day ‘nung pinatupad ito nung Wednesday,” said Orbos.

Under the MMDA’s latest traffic system, the ‘no window policy’ of the existing number coding scheme will be lifted along EDSA, C-5, Roxas Boulevard, Alabang-Zapote Road and the cities of Makati, Mandaluyong and Las Pinas.

“Kayo ho ‘nung Thursday ang isang ginawa ho namin talagang sinubukan namin na buksan. May mga binuksan kami na mga bagong mga areas toward EDSA,” added Orbos. “Titingnan ho namin ‘yung mga secondary roads na ‘yan. At kailangan ho talaga mapaluwag natin ‘yan.”

Orbos meanwhile insisted that the monstrous traffic experienced by motorists last Friday was a result of the weekend sale among major malls plus the fact that it was a payday.

The MMDA is also strongly considering the strict implementation of the anti-illegal parking program of the agency specifically among the secondary roads. (Rizal S. Obanil)

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