The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has coordinated with various government agencies and representitives of the metro's biggest cemeteries for Oplan Kaluluwa 2011, the contingency plan for the coming All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day holiday.
According to MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, the plan emphasizes traffic management, road rerouting, public safety and security with the agency tasked to ensure the smooth flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic along Metro Manila's thoroughfares leading to the major cemeteries. Besides the agency's traffic enforcers, mobile patrol units, police personnel and medical teams will be deployed throughout Metro Manila, especially in the large cemeteries and memorial parks, both public and p. Public assistance stations will also be set up at strategic locations.
"Our enforcers shall strictly monitor and manage traffic particularly at identified choke points such as Balintawak, Dangwa, bus terminals and roads leading to the South Luzon Expressway," Tolentino said.
To ease the heavy influx of traffic that’s expected to descend on the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the MMDA is urging motorists to avoid EDSA and use alternate routes instead to get to the expressway like C-5, Katipunan, Tandang Sora, Congressional Avenue, and Mindanao Avenue. Motorists may also use the MMDA-designated Mabuhay lanes such as A. Bonifacio, C-3 Araneta, Magsaysay Boulevard, Nagtahan, President Quirino Avenue and South Superhighway to go to either the NLEX or South Luzon Expressway.
"It's all systems go for All Saint's Day. The LGUs (local government units) have already mapped out their rerouting plans, and close coordination is needed to ensure a peaceful and orderly celebration," Tolentino said.