MANILA-- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has extended the implementation of the 'no weekday sales' policy and nighttime deliveries for malls in Metro Manila for the entire year.
Mall owners and operators agreed to the extension of the policies, which they said have helped ease traffic congestion in the vicinity of their establishments, after a consultative meeting with the MMDA last Friday.
MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos expressed his gratitude to the mall owners for their support for the agency's initiatives.
"This only shows that everybody wants to be part of the solution," he said.
There shall be no conduct of sales at malls during weekdays and deliveries will only be from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next day.
The MMDA has also offered to train the malls' security personnel on traffic management to augment the MMDA enforcers deployed in the vicinity of the establishments.
"We will train them on traffic management and have them deputized so they can issue traffic violation receipts to erring motorists within their areas of jurisdiction. This will also be a big help for us to control traffic in these areas," said Orbos.
The measures were introduced and initiated by the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (IACT) late last year in a bid to alleviate traffic during the Christmas season.
IACT is composed of the MMDA, Department of Transportation, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency