As of June 2021, the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number coding scheme shall remain suspended until further notice. This is according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), which said that this is in line with the current General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status currently active in Metro Manila.
The official announcement from MMDA as posted on its official Twitter page
Of note, the National Capital Region as well as the nearby provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna, and Cavite are under GCQ “with restrictions”. This was declared by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and is effective from June 1 to 15, 2021.
Furthermore, the MMDA also urges people to strictly follow minimum health safety protocols to fight the spread of COVID-19.
For those unaware, the UVVRP or number coding scheme has been suspended since the start of the series of lockdowns that began in 2020. This allowed people, especially frontliners to move about freely without hindrance. The said number coding scheme was also suspended in the GQC prior to the current one, and on the second enhanced community quarantine that was active this year.
While the number coding scheme is still suspended by the MMDA, do remember that Makati City implements its own ordinance, more specifically its own modified number coding scheme, and it has been active since May 15, 2021. However, the said number coding scheme in Makati comes with a few exemptions, which include motorcycles, vehicles with two or more occupants, government vehicles with government plates, diplomatic vehicles with diplomatic plates, media vehicles, among others. For more details on this, please refer to our previous report on Makati’s number coding scheme.
The suspension of the number coding scheme allows freedom of movement for crucial frontline workers
On top of that, the MMDA has also resumed the truck ban in Metro Manila. The said truck ban is effective from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., from Monday to Saturday. However, trucks are prohibited from plying EDSA at all times. Trucks that are carrying perishable goods including agricultural products are exempt from the said ban.
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Cesar G.B. Miguel