A lot of readers have been asking us and it is only now that we have confirmed from Las Pinas Police Chief Supt. Romy Sapitula that Daang Hari Road (from Honda to TS Cruz) is part of Las Pinas and that “coded” vehicles will be apprehended by their traffic enforcers there.
Yes, no window hours and yes, Las Pinas is not under the MMDA.
They have their own number coding ordinance separate from the MMDA scheme.
Read the 2008 announcement of the ordinance here:
By Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:19:00 06/28/2008
MANILA, Philippines — To reduce the traffic volume in the city’s major thoroughfares, the Las Piñas City government will be imposing its own vehicle coding scheme especially in major thoroughfares.
Under City Ordinance No. 831-08, all public and private vehicles will be banned from the city’s roads on a specific day of the week, except Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
“This is aimed to reduce the volume of vehicles plying in the city’s major thoroughfares, as well as in our side streets,” city mayor Vergel Aguilar said.
Under the city ordinance, vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 will be banned from the city’s roads on Mondays, 3 and 4 on Tuesdays, 5 and 6 during Wednesdays, 7 and 8 on Thursdays, and 9 and 0 on Fridays.
“In the absence of a license plate, the last digit of the conduction sticker shall be the basis of the prohibition,” Aguilar added.
The city’s number coding system for vehicles will be implemented apart from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s own Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program.
This will also mean that there will be no more “window hours” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for vehicles who are banned from plying the streets under the number coding scheme.
The Alabang-Zapote Road, which runs through Barangay (village) Zapote in Las Piñas City up to Alabang in Muntinlupa City, is often the site of traffic jams.
“We ask our vehicle owners to strictly comply with the coding system so as to avoid penalties as well as not cause traffic,” the mayor said.
The vehicles will be banned from plying both national roads and side streets from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Aguilar said he has directed the city’s traffic management office and local police to strictly enforce the number coding system.
So even side streets and the small strip from Toyota Alabang (often called Standard) to Daang Hari (Honda) is under this ordinance.
Does this help in the traffic situation in Las Pinas? We don’t think so. But a law is a law. And ignorance of the law is not an excuse. So let us all just abide.