MANILA, Oct. 28 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it has deployed some 1,800 enforcers to man traffic along major thoroughfares going to the South and North Luzon Expressways to ensure a hassle-free commemoration of the All Saints' and All Souls' Days next week.
MMDA Traffic Czar lawyer Yves Gonzalez said enforcers have also been deployed in bus terminals in Quezon City, Pasay City, Manila and other areas of the metropolis, where people are flocking to seek transport to their respective provinces.
Gonzalez said the MMDA will also deploy tow trucks and emergency vehicles along roads leading to cemeteries to ensure that any stalled vehicle will be immediately removed so as not to affect traffic in and out of the cemeteries.
At the same time, he said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino has ordered the suspension of the implementation of the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or commonly known as the “number-coding” scheme from October 31 to November 2 in the entire metropolis.
He said that except for Makati City, which has yet to communicate its approval to the suspension of the UVVRP on November 2, all local government units have already approved the temporary lifting of the scheme.
MMDA lawyer Alu Durotan, however, said the implementation of the “blue lanes” or motorcycle lane policy on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City would remain in effect from October 31 to November 1.
Durotan said they are also enforcing penalties against motorcycle riders with improper clothing and those not using their headlights even during the day.
He said the MMDA, along with other government and line agencies involved in maintaining public safety, will be on heightened alert status during the “Undas” exodus.
Earlier, President Benigno S. Aquino III directed the MMDA and other concerned agencies to secure the public during the extra long weekend when they go to cemeteries or provinces to pay respects to their departed loved ones. (PNA) scs/FFC/CLTC