MANILA — Mall owners have agreed with the proposal of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) not to conduct weekday sales and adjust operating hours in a bid to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila for the holiday season.
In a meeting held at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) office on Thursday, they decided to implement the measure starting Nov. 1 instead of Oct. 21 as they have already scheduled their sales prior to the said date.
MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos expressed gratitude to the mall owners for their cooperation.
“This show of support from the private sector will definitely help the government towards the common goal of solving the problem in Metro Manila,” Orbos said.
He clarified that the no-weekday sale only pertains to mall wide sales while those of particular department stores and tenants inside the mall should be coordinated with the I-ACT.
The I-ACT has suggested to mall owners to adjust their operating hours from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The mall operators have agreed to submit their respective traffic management plans including deployment of their own traffic personnel; nighttime deliveries of goods from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.; management of queuing of vehicles going to the shoppers in coordination with the I-ACT personnel and reservation of parking spaces for shoppers outside mall premises during weekend sales.
The MMDA has appealed to mall owners to submit their proposals to improve traffic situation in their respective areas to the I-ACT for proper evaluation and action.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the MMDA, Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG).
Present in the meeting were PNP-HPG Director Sr. Supt. Antonio Gardiola and DOTr Assistant Secretary for Land Transportation Mark de Leon. Aerol John Patena/ PNA – northboundasia.com