MMDA clarifies Odd-Even proposal

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis N. Tolentino clarified that the Odd-Even Vehicular Volume Reduction Program to be implemented along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) from November 15, 2010 to January 15, 2011 should first be approved by the Metro Manila Council (MMC), the MMDA’s governing body composed of the mayors of the seventeen local government units (LGUs) comprising Metro Manila.

The program will be presented at the Metro Manila Council meeting that will be held on Friday morning, October 15 at Quezon City Hall.

The program consists of two variations: one, wherein the Odd-Even Program shall be implemented from 7:30 am till 7 pm; and the second, wherein the program shall be implemented from 7:30 am – 10am, and 5pm – 7pm.

Another alternative, wherein the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or “number coding” scheme shall be imposed on all vehicles including currently-exempted public buses, is also being considered.

Benefits to be derived from the Odd-Even Program are as follows:

  • Reduced Travel Time and Vehicle Operating Cost. Traffic simulation studies show that currently, average speed along EDSA during peak hours is at 30.75 kph. With the Odd-Even Program, average speed can increase by as much as 67%, to 51.29 kph.
  • Improved Socio-Economic Activities and Productivity. A 2009 World Bank report estimated that traffic along EDSA and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila cost the economy at least Php 277 million daily, or approximately US$2 billion a year in terms of lost man-hours. Reducted traffic congestion will facilitate faster access to central business districts; and hence, increase productivity.
  • Improved Physical and Mental Health. Less time spent in traffic reduces exposure to harmful emissions and stress.
  • Carbon Emission Reduction and Less Air Pollution. Traffic improvement will result in increased fuel efficiency and less air pollution.

The mechanics of the program under the two variations are as follows:

  1. The Odd-Even Program will replace the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or number coding scheme for the entire stretch of EDSA, but the UVVRP will still be in effect outside this area.
  2. It shall cover all types of privately-owned vehicles and city/ provincial buses.
  3. There will be no provision for “window” hours for the first variation.
  4. Odd-numbered vehicles with license plates ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 shall not be allowed to ply EDSA on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Even-numbered vehicles ending in 2, 4, 6, 8 and 0 will be banned on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  5. Vehicles banned from EDSA under the Odd-Even Program may pass through side streets or cross EDSA, provided they are not banned under the number coding scheme. If they are banned under the number coding scheme, they may pass side streets or cross EDSA during window hours.
  6. The MMDA will publish alternate routes for motorists.
  7. Exemptions under the number coding scheme will also apply to the Odd-Even Program.

In response to comments that the Odd-Even Program would only transfer the traffic congestion from EDSA to the side streets, the MMDA Chairman cited a study conducted by the University of the Philippines National College of Transport Studies which found that even under the current number coding scheme, the EDSA private lanes have breached their maximum carrying capacity. Thus, while the UVVRP had reduced traffic, it could not entirely solve the traffic congestion problem.

He also cited a study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency which showed that EDSA could physically accommodate up to 1,600 buses; however, currently 3,600 franchised buses ply EDSA.

The Chairman said the MMDA would coordinate with concerned local government units to clear alternate routes of obstruction and other nuisances.

As regards public perception that the MMDA and other concerned governmental agencies had not exhausted their efforts at proper traffic enforcement, Tolentino mentioned the following ongoing measures:

  • Prohibition of diggings by water companies on weekdays;
  • Formation of composite teams composed of LTO, LTFRB and MMDA enforcers to monitor EDSA choke points during peak hours;
  • Deployment of lady traffic enforcers by the MMDA and the LTO;
  • Deputation of citizen volunteer groups to assist in traffic enforcement

The Chairman added that roads comprising Metropolitan Manila consist of a total of 5,034 kilometers, while EDSA, is only 24.2 kilometers long. He also noted that during a consultation with bus operators on the Odd-Even Program held on October 11, the bus operators expressed their willingness to be under the existing number coding scheme, from which they had been exempt since 2004.

“We welcome other ideas from our citizen-stakeholders and look forward to a healthy and fruitful dialogue aimed at solving this pressing problem that has severely affected our economic, financial and physical well-being,” he added. “We would like to reassure the public that the Agency is doing its part to improve traffic enforcement, but radical measures may be needed to solve this problem.”


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  • jose carandang

    Ang mga benepisyong binabanggit bilang suporta sa pagpapasa ng Odd-Even scheme ay mga bagay na dapat ay nagagampanan ng isang MATINONG tagapagpatupad ng mga patakaran ng MMDA. ang mga ito ay pinipilit na gamitin upang masabing may ginagawang pagkilos upang malutas ang matindi at lumalalang kondisyon ng trapik sa MM. Kung magpapakita lamang ng kaunting kakayanan ang pamunuan ng MMDA na kaya nilang bigyan ng kalutasan ang trapik ay maiibsan ito. ang kaso, malinaw na BIGO ang pamunuan ng MMDA na bigyan ito ng pangmatagalang solusyon sa problema. Mas mainam pa marahil na BITAWAN na nila ang posisyon at ibigay ito sa mga taong may kakayanang ayusin ito. sabi nga ng PNoy ay dapat iwasan ang KAPIT TUKONG paghawak sa posisyon. MR TOLENTINO, IBIGAY MO NA SA IBA ANG POSISYONG HINDI MO KAYANG HAWAKAN.

  • al

    dapat tanggalin lahat ang mga bus,jeep at mga private cars di lang sa edsa kundi buong metro manila,kasi unti-unti nitong pinapatay ang mga tao dahil sa mga usok na galing dito. Mag train na lang tayong lahat para walang traffic at magiging masarap pang langhapin and hangin sa metro manila, parang hangin sa probinsiya.

  • Linda

    Too many buses on the road of Metro Manila with not more than 10 passengers on board can cause a big traffic problem. Also the tricycles and kuliglig traveling on the main roads are really a headache to the motorists. Magbago na sana at mag implenent ng strict rules para mawala na itong problemang ito. To the traffic enforcers….have an iron hand at wag kayong corrupt.

  • Adrian

    If one has to dig deeper on this issue, you will come up that the main problem why we have congested/traffic jammed roads are:
    1. Volumes of vehicles – There is a law that regulates the vehicles to certain number of years only but it is not properly or honestly implemented. Until now we still have a lot of 60’s – 70’s – 80’s cars running and polluting the country.
    2. PUVs routing – We have busses, jeepneys, tricycles and even pedicabs routing along Edsa and main thorough fares! Why can’t we limit PUVs routing EDSA?
    3. Poor Safty traffic policy, rules and procedures – Our roads i.e. national and local are poorly designed and substandard in safety! One example is there is no suitable and sufficient loading and unloading of passengers, safety features like safety traffic signs, warning lights dealienators, barrier units, and many more!

    Fix these root causes then you will find that your claims on new scheme is baseless – it is reactive instead of being proactive – short term solution not long term solution – just waste of money!

  • jay bautista

    i think the mmda is missing the point of why edsa is congested and clogged up with the traffic. it is because of too many buses that’s all. reduce the buses and you reduce the traffic. this can be done by taking out the colorum buses, the dilapidated buses, implementing the odd-even scheme only on buses. why penalize the private vehicle owners? take out 1 bus and that is equivalent to at least 2 private vehicles. talk about carbon footprint and the same argument follows, take out one smoke belching bus with a reconditioned diesel engine and you clean the air vs private vehicles which are far better maintained and produces less emissions.

    ayaw kong maniwala na kayang brasohin at paikotin ng mga may ari ng bus ang gobyerno pero pag natuloy ang odd-even scheme sa mga pribadong sasakyan eh mukhang naisahan na naman ang mga mamamayan.


  • danny chan

    why don’t we try and strictly impliment all traffic rules and regulations instead of limiting the mobility of the local populace? what is really needed is to strictly observe traffic rules, which is basic enough to every ordinary citizen who can drive a vehicle. what we lack is self discipline, which in turn creates such anarchy in the street. Jeepneys and buses load and unload wherever they please, stop wherever they please, park wherever they please. can’t we just impose discipline on this? Traffic enforcers acts like traffic law makers, allowing left turns, right turns u turns where there is none. they are hired to enforce, not to make more traffic laws which confuses the ordinary motorist. They are the ones who aggravates the traffic situation. Or are they not trained enough ? maybe that is the problem. traffic management is a 24/7 work, not an 8 to 5 job. It is rare to see enforcers who still man traffic hotspots after 5 p m. they might just be hiding behind the post or bushes to pounce on unwary drivers for you know what….?
    another thing else: our traffic violation penalties are so varied in gravity that and amount that they becomes fertile grounds for negotiations. check it out. I think it can be streamlined into something more manageable. Mulcting becomes rampant because of the exorbitant amounts imposed, and the red tapes that ensues in redeeming licenses and vehicle registrations…..? In the end, government loses big on potential revenues. Simplify those things. life is complicated enough. We used vehicles because we need to go somewhere, do something, run errands, etc etc. We pay for the whole amountof the car registrations imposed by the government, including the road users tax, whatever the amount went to, so why imposed on us not to use our cars for 52 days of the year ?

  • John Dimaculangan

    The problem along EDSA is colorum buses, Tolentino. You know that. And you said it. And now you come up with a brilliant solution: get rid of everybody else. Brilliant.