The policy is expected to take effect by December 2.
If you’re one of the many motorists who feel like traffic in Metro Manila has gone back to its typical pre-pandemic volume, then you’ll probably welcome the return of the modified number coding scheme this week.
On Monday, the Metro Manila Council, the policy-making body of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) that’s comprised of the region’s local chief executives, has unanimously agreed to reinstate the number coding scheme starting this week.
According to MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, the returning traffic scheme would also be tweaked, citing that the prohibition on motor vehicles shall only be implemented from 5 PM to 8 PM on weekdays, except holidays.
In addition, the rule will only cover private vehicles as public utility vehicles (PUVs) are still operating in limited capacity under the current Alert Level 2. Aside from PUVs, the scheme exempts Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), motorcycles, garbage trucks, fuel trucks, motor vehicles carrying essential and perishable goods, “ the MMDA’s statement read.
Abalos also added that stickers shall be issued to TNVS as they could not be easily identified while traversing the streets. We are in coordination with the TNVS on the implementation of rules and regulations regarding this concern,” the MMDA chief said.
While Abalos did not disclose the official start date of the re-implementation of the number coding scheme, it is expected to take effect two days after its publication on the Official Gazette on Tuesday, or by Thursday, December 2. This means you can still traverse the streets of Metro Manila without worrying about being flagged down by a traffic enforcer.
The number coding scheme was temporarily deferred when the country started dealing with region-wide lockdowns last year.
Art Macky Arquilla