MMDA ready for Holy Week

Metropolitan Manila Development AuthorityImage via WikipediaAs part of its Metro Alalay Semana Santa, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will deploy more than 1,000 traffic enforcers starting Holy Wednesday (April 20) to man the major thoroughfares, particularly Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) and the other exit points of Metro Manila. 

According to Chairman Francis Tolentino, majority of the traffic personnel will be assigned to the roads leading to provincial bus terminals and other vital installations such as the airports and seaports to guarantee the safety of thousands of commuters expected to trek to the suburbs and provinces to take advantage of the long holiday. 

"I have declared a no day-off and no absent policy for all our traffic personnel, particularly on April 20, 21, 24, and 25, when traffic is expected to be congested," Tolentino said. 

The operations of the Traffic Discipline Office (TDO), in close coordination with the local government units, will concentrate on crucial areas and perennial traffic choke points such as Balintawak, McArthur Highway, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Sumulong Highway, Marcos Highway, Coastal Road, Roxas Boulevard, Alabang, Pasay, and Cubao, as well as within the vicinities of famous churches. 

Further, the Armed Forces of the Philippines committed at least thirty personnel to assist the agency during the week-long observance of Lent. 

Tolentino said that the "nose in nose out" policy, which prohibits bus drivers to maneuver their vehicles along Edsa, will be strictly enforced on bus terminals, Also, they are not allowed to load and unload outside their respective terminals. 

The MMDA Roadside Emergency Group will likewise be on standby to provide roadside emergency service and assistance to the public. 

Tolentino appealed to the public to plan their trips accordingly and to cooperate with the traffic enforcers and other authorities in order to guarantee a safe, convenient, and meaningful celebration of Lent.