The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is gearing up as the volume of vehicles on the road is expected to increase during the long weekend.
The MMDA will field 1,800 traffic enforcers in major thouroughfares and secondary roads from October 29 to November 1, a holiday in observance of All Saints’ Day.
Most of the traffic enforcers will man roads leading to major cemeteries and memorial parks such as the North, South, and Chinese cemeteries in Manila; Manila and Loyola Memorial Parks in Parañaque; and La Loma, Bagbag, Himlayang Pilipino, Eternal Garden, and Holy Cross in Quezon City.
"I have instructed our enforcers to strictly implement the laws so that there will be smooth flow of human and vehicular traffic", said Emerson Carlos, director of the agency’s Traffic and Transport Management Office.
The MMDA will also deploy mobile patrol and motorcycle units near provincial bus terminals located along EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City and Pasay City to ensure that bus drivers won’t violate the agency’s "Nose-in Nose-out" policy. The policy strictly prohibits bus drivers from making unnecessary maneuvers with their buses near the ingress and exits of their terminals along EDSA, which contributes to heavy traffic.
To help manage the traffic situation, the MMDA will be working with the Philippine National Police, the Traffic Enforcement Group, the local government units (LGUs), and other civic volunteer organizations.
According to Danilo Gaoiran, the agency’s supervising consultant for traffic, the MMDA will manage vehicles while the LGUs will implement their respective traffic rerouting schemes.