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Roxas Blvd to go ‘car-free’ on Sundays starting May 26 under ‘Move Manila’ program

Move Manila
Mayor Honey Lacuna inspects Roax Boulevard with (from right) City engineer Armand Andres, Councilo Philip Lacuna and chief of staff Joshue Santiago. Behind them are (from right) MTPB Director Dennis Viaje, MDRRMO chief Arnel Angeles, city electrician Randy Sadac, Vice Mayor Yul Servo and DPS adviser Kenneth Amurao. (JERRY S. TAN)

GOOD news to health or fitness enthusiasts.

Starting May 26, 2024, both lanes of Roxas Boulevard from Padre Burgos St. to Quirino Avenue in Manila will be closed to traffic and declared ‘car-free’ from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. to give way to Manilans who want to engage in physical activities or exercise by walking, jogging, running, roller skating or biking, among others.

Mayor Honey Lacuna personally inspected Roxas Boulevard and the adjacent areas on Sunday morning in preparation for the implementation of the city’s “Move Manila Car-Free Sundays By The Bay” which starts on May 26.

“Our car-free Sundays will be different from others like it because our venue is Roxas Boulevard, the most beautiful and historic boulevard in the country. We inspected Roxas Boulevard to ensure that the road will be safe for all,” the mayor said.

Lacuna also said she will sign Ordinance No. 9047 institutionalizing the ‘Move Manila’ program which designates the stretch of Roxas Boulevard from Padre Burgos Street to Quirino Avenue as the car-free zone.

During the onsite inspection, the mayor was joined by Councilor Philip Lacuna, author of Ordinance No. 9047, as well as Vice Mayor Yul ServoManila Police District Director Gen. Arnold Thomas Ibay, City Engineer Armand Andres, Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau head Dennis Viaje, City Electrician Randy Sadac, department of public services head Nicole Amurao, the mayor’s spokesman Atty. Princess Abante anc chief of staff Joshue Santiago and Manila Sports Council (MASCO) chief Roel de Guzman, being among those who will be directly involved in the said program.

The said program is designed to advance the city’s “goal of becoming a livable city where healthy lifestyles and environmental preservation are ingrained habits,” said Lacuna, who herself is a doctor.

Lacuna assured that the MTPB will issue traffic advisories about Move Manila and guides on the locations of water stations, parking areas and first aid stations.

Meanwhile, Councilor Philip Lacuna said his ordinance is meant to promote health and wellness and introduce a pollution-free fitness program in the city.

He assured that the re-routing of traffic flow on affected areas during the time of closure will be carefully planned and managed by the appropriate agencies to ensure the commuters of continued timely travel and efficient delivery of goods and services without delay.

Light motor vehicles, he said, may be diverted to the parallel service roads along Roxas Boulevard and other side streets, while heavy motor vehicles may be rerouted to nearby main thoroughfares such as Taft Avenue.

“Medical emergency first responders and hydration stations shall be deployed at strategic locations along Roxas Boulevard for the well-being of program participants and the general public gathered participating in the activities while necessary waste management measures shall be implemented before and after each event to ensure a waste-free and healthy environment for the conduct of the program activities,” Councilor Philip said.

The councilor explained that the local government of Manila recognizes the importance of physical activities to promote a healthy and active lifestyle among its constituents, while in harmony with the natural and man-made environment in the city.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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