The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had previously announced the planned closure of all 47 provincial bus terminals located along EDSA by June this year. However, there are still provincial bus terminals on EDSA are still operating to this day and do not appear to be ceasing operations anytime soon.
According to the Philippine News Agency (PNA), the reason behind the continued operations is because the MMDA has yet to set a definite date for the closure. More so, the agency is still currently finalizing the guidelines with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for its full implementation.
“Wala pang definite schedule. Hopefully matapos lahat ng guidelines and policy ng DOTr and LTFRB. After that, we can implement it.” (There is no definite schedule yet. Hopefully, all the guidelines are finalized by the DOTr and LTFRB. After that, we can implement it.) MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia told the PNA.
Both the MMDA and the provincial bus ban along EDSA has been a hot topic as of late. The agency suspended the dry run of the provincial bus ban last May 6 prior to its meeting with the DOTr and LTFRB for details of its implementation. However, the enforcement of no loading and unloading along EDSA for provincial buses is still in effect.
More recently, a petition was filed by Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda to the Supreme Court in order to stop the implementation of the provincial bus ban. Salceda claims that the policy is ‘anti-poor’, and will not help ease traffic congestion in EDSA, which he claims to be primarily caused by private vehicles and city buses.
The Metro Manila Council has already approved MMDA regulation No. 19-002, prohibiting the issuance of business permits to public utility vehicle terminals and operations along EDSA. Only once the business permits are revoked can the actual closing of terminals be implemented.
From the looks of it, the MMDA is really determined to push through with the provincial bus ban on EDSA and subsequent removal of provincial bus terminals. The agency will even be challenging the petition filed against them.