The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is getting ready for the traffic congestion that has become customary with the Holy Week exodus. To prepare for this, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino recently announced plans for Oplan Metro Alalay Semana Santa 2012 (MASS 2012).
MASS 2012 will see MMDA traffic enforcers posted at transport terminals and traffic choke points from April 2 to April 4. On April 5 and 6, their coverage will also include popular churches and pilgrimage sites. In addition, command posts will also be set up at the South Luzon and North Luzon Expressway entry points from April 2 to early morning of April 5, then from April 7 to April 8.
The agency's Traffic Discipline Office will be assisted by the Philippine National Police National Capital Region Police Office and Highway Patrol Group in manning traffic choke points to increase police visibility and prevent acts of terrorism, assist in apprehending traffic violators and ease traffic congestion. Also assisting the MMDA's traffic enforcers in managing traffic during the Holy Week are the agency's Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group and Parking Discipline Office teams.
To help decongest traffic on EDSA on the days leading up to the Lenten break, the MMDA is advising motorists to use alternate routes known as the Mabuhay Lanes. The MMDA has designated alternate routes for those traveling from north to south and south to north.
Despite the long Lenten holiday break, the MMDA's Facebook and Twitter accounts will be open 24/7 to accept and respond to inquiries. The public can also call the MMDA’s Metrobase Hotline 136 for periodic traffic updates and requests for assistance.