After its 3-day dry run last week, the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) concluded that the implementation of the No Coding Window Hours has been effective in controlling the traffic along the areas of EDSA, C5, Roxas Boulevard, Alabang - Zapote Road and in cities such as Las Piñas, Mandaluyong and Makati.

Beginning today, October 17, the No Coding Window Hours has officially been implemented and is expected to reduce traffic by at least 18 to 20-percent (up to 10 minutes faster travel time).

"Based dun sa Traffic Engineering, it should be around 18 to 20 percent ang mababawas" [Based on the Traffic Engineering Division, the scheme should lead to around 18 to 20 percent less congestion], said Thomas Orbos, Chairman of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The No Coding Window Hours covers all the areas within the cities Makati, Las Piñas, and Mandaluyong. Meanwhile, major roads affected include the following:

-C5 (from Commonwealth to SLEX)

-EDSA (from Monumento to Roxas Boulevard)

-Entire stretch of Roxas Boulevard

-Entire stretch of Alabang-Zapote Road

With the implementation of the No Coding Window Hours, vehicles with plates ending in following numbers are not allowed to travel on areas mentioned above from 7 AM until 7 PM from Monday to Friday.

Monday: 1 and 2

Tuesday: 3 and 4

Wednesday: 5 and

Thursday: 7 and 8

Friday: 9 and 0

Lifting of number coding during holidays will be subject to declaration of the I-ACT, MMDA, and concerned local governments.