MMDA Contingency Plans on Piston's Transport Strike

Metropolitan Manila Development AuthorityImage via WikipediaThe Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today bared its contingency measures in the wake of an impending protest action to be staged by transport groups on Thursday. 

During an inter-agency meeting held at the MMDA head office, Chairman Francis Tolentino announced the agency is ready to dispatch more than sixty vehicles to provide free transportation to the public in case of a transport paralysis. 

"We will provide all the necessary services and manpower to make sure that the commuting public will not be inconvenienced by the protest action," Tolentino said. 

The meeting was attended by General Nicanor Bartolome of the Philippine National Police, National Capital Region Police office, Dante Lantin of the Land Transportation Office, Colonel Rene Santos of the Armed Forces of the Philippines National Capital Region Command, Attorney Manuel Iway of the Land Transportation Franchise Regulatory Board, and local government officials from the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasay, and Quezon City. 

Around 200 jeepneys are expected to join the protest caravan which will start at the Quezon City Memorial Circle (QCMC) all the way to Mendiola in Manila. 

The MMDA chief called on the motorists to avoid using the main roads from the QCMC to Mendiola through Quezon Avenue as heavy traffic is expected due to the caravan. 


According to Tolentino, the following alternate routes to and from the said areas can be used by the public: 

West bound, from QCMC right to North Avenue, straight to Edsa, take u-turn slot at SM North, right to West Avenue, right to Del Monte, left to Araneta Avenue, then right to Ma. Clara Street, straight to Andalucia, to destination. 

East bound, from Recto straight to Sergio Loyola Street, straight to Matimyas, right to E. Rodriguez Avenue, left to Banawe or straight to Araneta Avenue then straight to Edsa, to destination.