MMDA Says No Weekday Sale for Shopping Malls starting November 5
We all know that traffic in Metro Manila gets even worse as Christmas time approaches. As such, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is already preparing for the Christmas rush as the agency announced several action plans, which will start on November 5, 2018.
The MMDA, along with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), shopping mall operators, water utility and telecommunication companies, have come up with several measures in the hope of alleviating traffic during the holidays. In a consultative meeting held at the MMDA headquarters, the following action plans have been laid out:
- Shopping mall operators located on major thoroughfares in Metro Manila will begin their operations by 11 a.m., an hour later from the usual 10 a.m. opening time, during weekdays;
- Shopping mall operators to deploy additional security personnel to facilitate long lines of vehicles going inside mall parking areas that cause traffic gridlock;
- Removal of obstructions on loading and unloading stations in the vicinity of shopping malls;
- Limiting deliveries of non-perishable goods only at night-time or from 11 pm to 5 am;
- No weekday sale policy; and
- Moratorium on road works, including road diggings and repairs, except government flagship projects and or during emergency cases.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia hopes that the said action plans could help ease traffic in the metro, especially along EDSA, during the holidays. “Traffic is already bad and we expect it to get worse as the number of vehicles increases,” said Garcia. The MMDA added that there are at least 15 shopping malls located along EDSA alone.
The said action plans are going to be implemented starting November 5, 2018 until January 14, 2019. Representatives from SM Supermalls, Ayala malls, Robinsons, Meralco, Globe, PLDT, Maynilad, Manila Waters, among others, were present during the meeting held at MMDA headquarters.