Just a few weeks ago, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority announced that they will be holding a dry run banning provincial buses along EDSA. However, the MMDA has said that they are suspending the scheme temporarily starting today, May 6, 2019.

According to MMDA General Manager, Jojo Garcia, the dry run has been paused for now as the said government agency will be holding a meeting with the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). For the past couple of weeks, transport groups have been calling for the suspension of the trial. The sentiment was echoed by Elvira Medina, assistant secretary for the DOTr, calling it an inconvenience to commuters.

But while the scheme has been suspended, Garcia clarified that the strict enforcement of the no loading and unloading along EDSA for provincial buses will remain in effect.

“We will continue with the dry run once the guidelines and implementing rules have been ironed out by the three agencies involved,” Garcia said. Furthermore, according to Garcia, the MMDA does not want the policy to be politicized at this time when politics is too dominant because of the coming elections.