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Clearing operations along Roxas Boulevard to ease MM traffic woes

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority General Manager Tomas Orbos Photo © Inquirer News

THE Philippine Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is set to continue its clearing operations of illegal structures and terminals along Roxas Boulevard from Baclaran in Paranque City to the T.M. Kalaw Service Road in Ermita, Manila.

MMDA General Manager Tomas Orbos, in a statement Monday, said the decision to continue the clearing operation was made following consultations with business establishments and government offices along the area to be affected. He aside from the illegal structures and terminals, illegal parked vehicles will towed and impounded during the operation.

Other road obstructions such as stalls, bollards and unauthorized signages will be dismantled as well by MMDA personnel, Orbos said.

“Like what we did in Baclaran, we had informed them that the service road should be cleared of obstruction to allow the unhampered flow of traffic. They have no choice but to comply,” he said.

The MMDA official said the Baclaran template is a combination of series of coordination and consultation with various stakeholders in the area, including the barangay and local chief executives concerned, to prevent any untoward incident and ensure that the clearing operations will be done smoothly.

“We have been informing them of President Duterte’s directive to decongest not only Roxas Blvd. but also the rest of the roads and streets in Metro Manila to ease the traffic condition,” Orbos explained.

With all the road obstructions and structures cleared, Orbos said motorists can now use the four lanes of the service road from Vito Cruz up to T. M. Kalaw. MMDA plans to clear the whole stretch of the service road, from Baclaran to T.M. Kalaw, which is about six kilometers long. 

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