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MRT, MMDA to implement phone number coding on commuters




Due to the recent problems with heavy traffic both in EDSA and with the very long lines in the MRT during peak hours, the MMDA and MRT will begin implementing mobile phone number coding to all commuters starting today.

The Unified Commuter Number Coding Scheme will attempt to reduce traffic in MRT and LRT stations as well as buses in EDSA.

In this scheme, commuters with phone numbers ending in certain digits will not be allowed to ride any bus or MRT/LRT trains during peak hours. It follows the number coding scheme MMDA has implemented for several years.

Smart/Tank N’ Text:
1-2: Monday
3-4: Tuesday
5-6: Wednesday
7-8: Thursday
9-0: Friday

Globe/TM:
1-2: Friday
3-4: Thursday
5-6: Wednesday
7-8: Tuesday
9-0: Monday

Sun Cellular:
1-2: Saturday
3-4: Sunday
5-6: Saturday
7-8: Sunday
9-0: Saturday

The number coding scheme is in effect from 7am to 10am and 5pm to 7pm. Traffic enforcers will man bus lanes and MRT stations to check the ending number of mobile phones by commuters to enforce this.

Commuters caught violating the coding scheme will be penalized with a Php500 fine payable via Pasaload or GCash.

If a commuter is a Globe Platinum or Smart Infinity subscriber, they are exempted from the coding scheme.

This move will probably drive more people to subscribe to Platinum and Infinity plans for both telcos in order to avoid the coding scheme.

{ Photo credit: Interaksyon }



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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65 Responses

  1. ambro says:

    Nice joke..April Fools

  2. janbrane says:

    Happy APRIL FOOL’S day!

  3. emignatius says:

    LOL. Fool me once shame on me. Fool me twice…

  4. geekramz says:

    April Fools ba ito sir? Paano yung walang cellphone or dual sim?

  5. Sean says:

    APRIL FREAKING FOOLS

  6. Ric says:

    Hello April fools! =P

  7. Anti Government says:

    non sense, good luck implementing this properly

  8. Lee says:

    Okay! April Fools Day

  9. wycwyg says:

    APRIL FOOLS! XD

  10. Zaldz says:

    Good for me i have a 4phones… smart, Sun, Globe, and Talk and text. hahahaha

    • De times 4 ka coded, depende siempers sa mga number mo. If they happen to end in the right — or, more precisely, the wrong — numbers, isang araw ka lang makakasakay sa LRT/MRT.

      <ilag>

  11. Onynz says:

    April fools!

  12. naputa-ako says:

    Paano nila malamaman yung end digit naten? and paano sila makakasiguro nga un nga? Aw

  13. someone says:

    @abe,

    Nice one.

  14. Jepoy says:

    April fools lol.

  15. April Boy Regino says:

    April Fool’s!

  16. herbert says:

    APRIL FOOL’s! this made me laugh..

  17. heh says:

    Lol if you’re gonna try to make an April Fool’s joke, at least male it believable.

  18. Heckler says:

    talagang may naniwala eh no. hahaha. damn son

  19. wadapaka says:

    As far as I know, April Fools jokes should be convincing enough, not like this. -__-

  20. rotero says:

    wow what if post paid sub ako.. exempted… ehehe happy april fools…

  21. Bien says:

    this is stupid, dadami mga holdaper nyan, syempre pag present ng commuters yung number nila sa conductor e di susundan na sila ng holdaper…very stupid

  22. joel says:

    buti nalang Smart Infinity Subscriber ako. hehehe

  23. Dale Gozar says:

    Happy PNoy Day

    “Number of people transported is more important than number of vehicle transported” – National Transportation Policy, 2005, India

    I hope our Government would invest more on mass transport system (more trains or MRT), Instead of ongoing Road projects which will only benefits the Car manufacturers and Arabs/oil producers due to our dependency on fossil fuel. Proposed Road Sharing (for bike lane & covered walkways) scheme is also not advisable due to our wet (heavy rain) & dry(very hot) weather and worsening pollution problem.

    More train will eventually reduce vehicles, pollution, accidents and promote safer & better (convenient/cleaner) future for all. Example, by adding 1 or 2 rails for Express trains (limited stops) on existing LRT & MRT will greatly solve our transport problem

    https://m.facebook.com/notes/navdeep-asija/famous-quotes-on-sustainable-transportation/10152125174345434

  24. Dale Gozar says:

    Happy PNoy’s / AMPAW Day

    “Number of people transported is more important than number of vehicle transported” – National Transportation Policy, 2005, India

    I hope our Government would invest more on mass transport system (more trains or MRT), Instead of ongoing Road projects which will only benefits the Car manufacturers and Arabs/oil producers due to our dependency on fossil fuel. Proposed Road Sharing (for bike lane & covered walkways) scheme is also not advisable due to our wet (heavy rain) & dry(very hot) weather and worsening pollution problem.

    More train will eventually reduce vehicles, pollution, accidents and promote safer & better (convenient/cleaner) future for all. Example, by adding 1 or 2 rails for Express trains (limited stops) on existing LRT & MRT will greatly solve our transport problem

    https://m.facebook.com/notes/navdeep-asija/famous-quotes-on-sustainable-transportation/10152125174345434

  25. Nora says:

    OMG!!!! iheytchu yuga.

  26. Jasper says:

    bili na kayo ng maraming sim para araw-araw kayo makasakay. hahaha.
    hidden plot.

  27. Ragout says:

    too obvious lol

  28. Mina says:

    paano na yung mga walang celfon…kawawa nmn sila…paano kung nadukot yung celfone mo inside mrt and lrt…bayaran ka ba nila or papalitan nila?

  29. tolits says:

    APRIL FOOL’s DAy!!

  30. Bianca says:

    Happy April Fools’ Day! LOL

  31. Rj says:

    wag ka magdala phone. lol

  32. LI says:

    Dami na masyado April fools day ngayon, never surprised with this one. ANo ba yan…..

  33. bakit? says:

    Stupid idea ever.

  34. Dr. Foo says:

    April Fool

  35. Yussef Jossef says:

    I have around 40 simpacks including freedom plan and get your own number and having 26 phones collection from 1998. That is all more than enough for a month travel taking MRT.
    This month is April fool, so DOTC, MMDA and YugaTech seemed turned foolish also. Don’t be fool YugaTech and one day nobody believes to your reviews. Remember a story “A boy who cried wolf”.

  36. julius cesar aloner says:

    Kawawa naman yung mga dual sim phone user :/

  37. RaM says:

    Almost =)

  38. Joe says:

    If this shit was real, im gonna go terrorist and bomb your third world train station.

  39. Sitar says:

    Happy April Fools! :)

  40. tssst says:

    it very easy to buy prepaid sim cards.

    • Retard? says:

      it’s easy to buy, but you’ll be spending it out of your own pockets. i think it’s just idea of the government to get taxes from the sim cards that were sold

  41. ed says:

    the stupidiest idea ever heard and besides its a fact that most filipinos have to two mobile numbers

  42. Druce says:

    lol. good one. now everyone has to buy 2 SIM cards

  43. Retard? says:

    the most retarded idea that i’ve heard from the government.

  44. ter says:

    if totoo ito goodluck nlng sa mga mrt riders.. try to save money nd buy a 2nd hand car ;)

  45. potapotaka says:

    masyadong pilit itong pagkakagawa ng april fools prank mo boy. bobo mo boy. higit na mas matino pa gumawa ng joke ang grade 1

  46. rene says:

    Idea cguro ni Pikit pikit Tolentino (MMDA Chairman) ang bago pakulo na eto na I’m sure wala rin epekto. Damihan ko lang sim card ayos na.

  47. Windoors says:

    eh panu kung maraming sim? hehe 10 pesos lang naman eh

  48. Jonathan says:

    Mr. Yugatech this info is not good, dapat yung totoo lang, nu ba yang april fools day mo, pwd k mademanda sa false information na binibigay m.

  49. Stupidity says:

    mawalang galang lang sa nakaisip nito, bago kayo mag implement ng kung anu-ano, pagaralan niyo muna ng mabuti, hindi yung tipong naisip mo lang kagabi gagawin mo agad kinabukasan.

    ang daming butas ng coding system na yan.

    isip isip pa ng mas maiging paraan, magdagdag kaya kayo ng tren? hindi ba mas maigi yun, ang dami daming commuters sinisiksik niyo sa tren. maawa naman kayo, nagbabayad naman lahat ng sumasakay pero siksikan naman, naka tayo ka, ang baho at mainit.

    mag FOCUS kayo sa comfort at convenience ng mga pasahero, wag yung mga katangahan na coding ng cell number na yan.

    so stupid! shhh!

    • WTH says:

      Funny cause this comment is actually pretty stupid, Stupidity. Haha

      Relax ka lang. Masyado kang seryoso sa buhay. Masama yung hindi marunong kumilatis ng joke at seryoso. Be smart enough to distinguish one from the other. ;)

  50. Soplak says:

    Di pa rin maiwasan ang pagiging butthurt ng ibang mga pinoy, pero epic to ah, hehehe

  51. Master Pogi says:

    Bakit ang daming pikon dito? Demanda agad? False information? Kaya di masyadong uso April Fools satin eh. Daming pikon.

    Pero kung mambash ng ibang tao wagas. :)

  52. openMind says:

    bashers = Walang magawa sa buhay, makitid ang utak. hahaha

  53. “Its such a bad idea… It just might work!”

    The planning committe at MMDA headquarters reportedly are planning legal action against whoever leaked there flagship idea to reduce congestion.

    “We can strike a double whammy with this great idea because 7 out of 10 Filipino’s carry more than one phone/sim. If only we had the same auto-debit system as Singapore or Hong Kong ie., Orange which allows travel fares to be charged to the subscribers account.” said the new business developments mangers at Globe & Smart.

  54. Bdgc says:

    well.. this is kinda stupid..

  55. Bsantos says:

    Huh? Parang mas ggrabe lalo yung pila.

  56. bleubathe says:

    Alam nyo pinakadabest dyan.. Implement nila yung tulad ng sa Saudi Government..Iqama or residence ID.. Saka nila simulan yung mga ganyang proyekto. pag may iqama ka, kayang kaya ka imonitor. Centralized na ID, wala nang kung anu anu pang ID card…saka nila i implement yang coding na yan. Actually bibili lang ako ng lahat ng sim na yan pwede na ako sumakay anytime.

    Stupidity at its worst.

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