MMDA: Memorandum circular of provincial bus ban takes effect on August 2

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) — The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) says that the memorandum circular (MC) issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) banning provincial buses on EDSA will take effect on August 2.

MMDA Traffic Chief Bong Nebrija made the clarification in an interview with CNN Philippines Friday, adding violators will be punished.

However, Nebrija said terminals of provincial buses along EDSA would have to be closed before the MC is fully implemented.

"We will be enforcing the MC starting August 2. That's 15 days after [the LTFRB] published it...Once an MC is passed and it's effective, it's enforceable. However, the full implementation might come in later because one of the requirements of that MC is that.. for it to be fully implemented, the bus terminals should be closed already," he said.

Meanwhile, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said a window period of a few hours would be implemented during the dry run.

"'Pag nag-dry run tayo, the window hours magte-take effect din — from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.," he said.

[Translation: During the dry run, the window hours will also take effect — from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.]

Under the MMDA memorandum circular, the routes of provincial and city buses are amended.

Buses from northern Luzon must unload passengers in terminals in Valenzuela City, while passengers coming from the south must disembark in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, or Parañaque City. From there, passengers will take new buses to go to Metro Manila.