MMDA brings back number coding scheme

The number coding scheme in NCR is expected to be reinstated this week but only during rush hours in the afternoon, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos said.

Abalos says number coding scheme will be implemented on Mondays to Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. except on holidays.

In, July, MMDA will study the return of number coding as it is expected to increase traffic flow in with the start of billing at Skyway Stage 3 will study the return of number coding as it is expected to increase traffic flow in EDSA with the start of billing at Skyway Stage 3.

The number coding was suspended last year due to a lack of due to the pandemic.

The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), commonly called number coding or color coding, is a road space rationing program in the Philippines that aims to reduce traffic congestion, in particular during peak hours, by restricting the types of vehicles that can use major public roads based on the final digit of the vehicle’s license plate.

First implemented in 1995 in Metro Manila, similar programs have also been implemented in the cities of Baguio, Cabanatuan, and Dagupan, and the province of Cavite.

Travel ban imposed amid COVID-19 Omicron variant

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) this Sunday lowered the travel ban in 7 countries in as a restriction on the threat of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and were added to the countries on the Red List, which are vulnerable to COVID-19.

has previously imposed a travel ban on 7 countries in Africa, including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique.

People coming from the said area, regardless of vaccination status will not be allowed to enter the country. Only Filipinos returning to the country will be allowed to enter from the said Red List countries.

The government clarified that the decision on whether to implement the travel restriction in Hong Kong has not been finalized.

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