The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is expecting large numbers of travelers and commuters to take advantage of the long weekend brought about by All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. As such, the agency has lifted the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program, also commonly known as the number-coding scheme, for authorized public-utility provincial buses in the metropolis on October 30 and 31.
According to the MMDA, the measure was done to ensure the commuting public that there would be enough public-utility buses to serve them as the ongoing road and bridge repair works being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways in the provinces of Quezon and Nueva Vizcaya have prolonged the travel time of buses to and from Metro Manila.
However, while the suspension of the number-coding is part of the MMDA's contingency plans for the forthcoming Undas, it will continue to be implemented for private vehicles and other public-utility vehicles except on November 1 and 2, when the scheme will be lifted for all vehicles.
"The public is assured that the MMDA shall strictly monitor and supervise traffic flow particularly in identified choke points to ensure the unhampered mobility of vehicles and pedestrians during Undas," said MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino.