The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Saturday that it is extending its No Weekday Sales Policy and Nighttime Mall Deliveries until the end of 2017. MMDA said the extension was agreed for the sake of easing traffic congestion in the metro. Shopping malls have agreed to this extension.
Here are three fast facts on MMDA extending no weekday sales policy to shopping malls:
1. MMDA said it consulted mall owners and operators regarding the extension.
The no weekday sales and nighttime delivery policy was first implemented back in October 2016 by the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (IACT). The policy requires malls to refrain from conducting mall-wide sales and other crowd-drawing events during weekdays. It also requires that deliveries shall only be from 11p.m. until 5a.m. the next day.
2. MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said he is thankful that the mall operators and owners agreed with the extension.
“This only shows that everybody wants to be part of the solution,” Orbos said in a press statement. He added that vehicular traffic slows down to 5 kph (kilometer per hour) whenever a mall along a major road holds a “sale” event. “There are 16 malls along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, sabay-sabay sila magse-sale, no coordination (with the MMDA),” Yahoo News reported Orbos, as saying.
3. MMDA also invited mall owners and operators to participate on traffic management within the vicinities of their malls. This is also to deputized mall staffs trained with traffic management.
“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,” Orbos said. He added that this will help control the traffic in these areas.
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