By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) kicked off Friday its clearing operations in Baclaran where illegal vendors and illegal terminals were shooed away for the ninth time.
MMDA officer-in-charge Tim Orbos, along with 300 personnel, led the peaceful removal of road obstructions and illegal structures that have occupied several line of the Roxas Boulevard service road.
“We did not demolish but just put order here because this is a directive of the president. We have talked to the vendors not to put their ranks in order so motorists will be able to use at least four lanes of the service road,” said Orbos.
Initially, the MMDA cleared about 800 meters of the service road from the corner of Edsa to Rivera Street. Several public utility vehicles that continued to line up in their usual terminals were also towed away and brought to impounding site. Obstructions like security outposts, food stalls were also torn down.
“PUVs are not supposed to hold terminals here but in consideration we will put up loading and unloading areas to allow drivers to pick and drop passengers,” said Orbos.
For a day, the MMDA claimed success in their operation. Motorists were able to pass seven to nine lanes.