November 23, 2021

NCR chief executives to settle on new number coding

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) will settle on an ultimate choice on the re-execution of the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP)— referred to as number or shading coding as vehicular volume increments during special times of the year.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Public Affairs Staff Acting Director Sharon Gentalian said MMDA Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. is thinking about a few suggestions on the re-execution of the plan and all are under study.

She said the suggestions would be introduced to the MMC in their next gathering—comprised of the 17 civic chairmen in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“Anuman po na conspire ang iimplement ay kailangang aprubado ng mga civic chairmen (Whatever plan will be executed should be supported by the city hall leaders),” Gentalian said.

In a broadcast meet over CNN, MMDA Director Noemie Recio said number coding might return by late November or early December once endorsed by the MMC.

While no official conclusion has yet been made, she said the choices being peered toward incorporate number coding during morning top hours from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., evening to evening top hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and for the entire day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The justification behind the conceivable re-execution of the plan, she said, is the expanding traffic in the NCR heading into the Christmas season.

“The pre-pandemic volume is 405,000. We are expecting by this Christmas season, it will approach 405,000 or north of 405,000 per day,” Recio said.

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