The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday said that the number coding scheme remains suspended.
MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said the traffic coding scheme implemented along major thoroughfares in the National Capital Region (NCR) is still lifted due to limited transportation options.
“Ang coding natin ay naka-suspend pa rin kasi hindi pa ganoon ka normal ang ating public transportation (Our coding is still suspended because the operation of our public transportation is not yet normal),” Gracia said during the Laging Handa press briefing.
In March, the MMDA indefinitely suspended the number coding scheme following the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The number coding scheme or Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) seeks to lessen the number of vehicles on major thoroughfares in Metro Manila by restricting vehicles at certain hours depending on the last digit of their license plates.
Garcia said the suspension of the number coding scheme is a way of helping frontliners, as well as authorized persons outside of residence (APOR), by allowing them to use their cars amid the limited operation of mass transport.
“Tulong na rin natin ito sa mga frontliners, sa mga APOR, na pwede nilang gamitin ang kanilang mga sasakyan (This is to help our frontliners and APOR so they can use their vehicles),” he said.
Metro Manila is currently under general community quarantine (GCQ) until September 30.
Under GCQ, some public transportation modes were allowed to operate but only at a limited capacity of passengers to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.