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This Week in Metro Manila (March 7 to 13, 2020)

National Women's Day is on March 8!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | March 07, 2020
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Metro Manila , National Women’s Day, Traffic Update, Weather

March is Women’s Month, and National Women’s Day is on March 8. While the said observances have marked social impacts, they do not affect Metro Manila’s transportation and travels. This week will see traffic scheme changes in several parts of Metro Manila due to construction works and improving vehicle volumes during rush hours. Commuters and motorists can expect traffic changes along BF Homes, Roxas Boulevard, and NLEX as road works and rehabilitation are implemented by the government in these areas. Meanwhile, the rides in the Pasig Ferry System will be free until the end of the month. Read on for the complete details.

Weather Advisory: Cloudy skies on most days with low chances of rain

Cold wind continues to surround Metro Manila and nearby provinces. PAGASA has yet to announce the possible start of the habagat (southeast monsoon) season, but the temperature is expected to be a little warmer this week with a range of 32 °C to 34 °C. Night time temperature is predicted to range from 23 °C to 25 °C [1].

Chances of rainfall are minimal, but skies will be cloudy on some days of the week. The entire week will have generally pleasant weather suitable for outdoor activities and trips. Just remember to protect yourself against UV rays by bringing an umbrella and applying sunscreen. Keep track of weather changes by following DOST-PAGASA’s social media pages and website.

Traffic Update

New traffic rerouting scheme implemented in BF Homes Paranaque

To lessen the worsening traffic around BF Homes Paranaque, the subdivision’s authorities have implemented a traffic rerouting scheme since February 24, 2020. New directional signs are placed around the subdivision to guide motorists. A stop-and-go method will also be implemented during rush hours [2]. Below are the routes that motorists should follow.

Entering BF Homes
• Those who will enter the subdivision from Sucat, the President’s Avenue will be two-way to Elizalde Street
• Elizalde Street from BDO/Caltex will be one-way going to Elizalde Gate.
• Vehicles coming from President’s Ave heading to BF Homes and nearby commercial areas should turn right at Elizaldo Street
• Vehicles with authorized BFFHAI non-resident stickers coming from Sucat must turn right to Elizaldo Street then left to Elsie Gatches Street and right to Aguirre Gate
• Vehicles without the BFFHAI sticker must turn left at L. Avelino Street then right to Aguirre Avenue

Exiting BF Homes
• Those coming from Sucat from Elizalde Gate should turn right at J. Cabarrus Street then left to President’s Avenue
• President Avenue from Tropical Hut to Elizalde Street will be one-way
• Vehicles from Sucat coming from Aguirre Avenue should take a left turn at President’s Avenue

Roxas Boulevard to undergo 6-month rehab

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) started the six-month rehabilitation along portions of Roxas Boulevard in Manila last February 28. The rehabilitation will affect four lanes of the northbound side of the boulevard. The affected area starts from EDSA in Pasay to P. Ocampo Street in Manila [3]. The rehabilitation is conducted for repair works, road concreting, drainage improvement, excavation of old roads, and traffic management component. DPWH advises motorists to find alternate routes.

MMDA recommends alternate routes for motorists along EDSA Balintawak

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) issued an advisory for motorists who will be affected by the one-lane closure on EDSA Balintawak going to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

The MMDA suggested the following alternate routes:

• NLEX and Monumento-bound light vehicles may take the Balintawak Interchange ramp to Cubao then take a U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.
• Light vehicles going to Novaliches and NLEX can take the zipper lane and turn left before the construction site.
• Light vehicles from Monumento via EDSA can turn right to A. De Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.

In addition, three north-bound NLEX lanes and one south-bound lane to Manila will also be closed from March 1 to 9 from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM. The construction work is expected to last for 20 days, MMDA said [4].

Travel Update: Pasig City ferry rides extended until March 31

Free rides in the Pasig City river ferry services are extended until the end of March, according to the MMDA. The free rides were supposed to end last February, but it was extended to attract and satisfy patrons of the said transportation system [5]. The ferry system was re-established last December 2019 and has been an alternate means of transportation for commuters in Metro Manila [5].

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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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