The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) implementation of adjusted mall operating hours will end on January 15.
Since October of last year, malls open at 11 in the morning and closes at 10 in the evening.
However, the MMDA is asking mall owners to extend the adjusted mall operating hours.
“The space of roads is limited, that’s why. So they could divide it. Ordinary workers will go to work in the morning. They are the ones with 9 to 5 jobs. Then those going to the malls, they could go at 11 am. So that they will not leave their homes simultaneously,” MMDA AGM for Operations Jojo Garcia said.
According to MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Jojo Garcia, it is one of the solutions for the worsening of traffic in Metro Manila during the start of the construction of the infrastructures under the government’s Build, Build, Build Program.
“The programs of the President under the Build, Build, Build will be intensified. It will be on full blast this 2018. So we need all help and cooperation with stakeholders like the malls,” Garcia said.
Based on the study of the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center, even before the implementation of the adjusted mall operating hours during the holiday season, the estimated travel speed on EDSA is at 17 kilometers per hour.
But when the malls adjusted their operating schedules to 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the travel time on EDSA became faster by 19kph.
According to Garcia, the MMDA already talked to mall owners. They are expected that they will give their confirmation this Friday.
If the mall owners refuse to comply with the MMDA’s request, the agency said it has no other option but to look for other ways on how to ease the traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
The MMDA is now studying is the adjusted hours has an impact on the earnings of the malls.
The MMDA wants to extend the adjusted operating hours of malls along EDSA until December of 2018.