MMDA defers implementation of modified number coding scheme

Last week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that a modified number coding scheme will be implemented when Metro Manila shifts from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) to General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Originally, the MMDA planned to implement it today, June 1. However, the agency decided to defer its implementation to a later date. According to MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago, the number coding scheme is still suspended from June 1 to June 5.

“Modified Number Coding Scheme will not be implemented yet. We will announce soon when will it take effect. As per advice by our legal team, the new Council Regulation will be effective immediately upon publication in two newspapers of general circulation and filing with ONAR (Office of the National Administrative Register) in UP Law Center,” said Pialago.

The MMDA did not exactly state as to why they have not yet published the guidelines for the road rationing policy as required by law. The most logical explanation is that the MMDA is putting the final touches of the implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) that they originally planned to release before June 1, 2020.

But while the MMDA has postponed the implementation of the modified number coding scheme, the city of Makati has announced that it is now enforcing its own modified number coding scheme. This means vehicles with two or more occupants will not be apprehended and are exempted from the scheme. They did not mention, however, whether front liners will not be apprehended by traffic enforcers.

With the entire Metro Manila now placed under GCQ, more vehicles are expected to ply the roads as more and more businesses/industries restart operations. As the number coding scheme serves to limit the number of vehicles plying the National Capital Region per day, its deferment might mean that heavy traffic might once again return in Metro Manila streets, though public land transport is still suspended. 

Until the MMDA officially announces when it will be re-implemented, motorists going to the office in Metro Manila can still drive on their coding day... except Makati.