From GMA News TV.com:
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will lift the number coding scheme from Holy Tuesday to Good Friday (April 19 to 22).
But the MMDA, in an announcement on its website, still advised motorists to avoid Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) and take other routes.
“The number coding or the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) will be lifted starting Holy Tuesday, April 19. This will be so until Good Friday, April 22,” it said.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the four-day suspension of UVVRP will allow motorists unhampered mobility while going to and from the provinces during the Holy Week.
“We’re also expecting that public transport terminals will have their hands full accommodating thousands of commuters. By allowing the public to freely use their vehicles, this will help lessen the strain on them,” he said.
But he said motorists should avoid EDSA as much as possible and instead use Mabuhay Lanes, a series of alternate routes the agency has opened last December.
The Mabuhay lanes start at both North and South entry points of EDSA.
For northbound motorists going south, they may use McArthur Highway, right turn to Samson Road, C-4/Letre, R-10, A. Bonifacio, Roxas Boulevard to destination.
Motorists coming from the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) can exit at various points, most importantly at the newly constructed Mindanao Avenue access ramp.
From South to North, the Mabuhay lanes start at Coastal Road and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
During Holy Week, motorists may use the following alternate routes.
- * To North of Luzon:
Take C-5 Road to QMC then right to Visayas Avenue, then left to Congressional Ave., then right to Mindanao Avenue, then take Mindanao-NLEX link to destination, or vice versa;
Take C-5 to QMC then right to North Avenue, right to Mindanao Avenue, then the Mindanao-NLEX link to destination south of Luzon
* Rizal province:
from Bicutan interchange take DR A. Santos Avenue then straight ahead to C-6 to destination, or vice versa
from South Superhighway take South Station Exit then straight ahead and take Daang Hari to destination
From South Superhighway take Sta. Rosa Exit or Greenfield Exit
The MMDA, in coordination with various agencies, has created Task Force M.A.S.S. (Metro Alalay Semana Santa) to ensure the safe and convenient movement of motorists and commuters during the Holy Week, particularly in areas identified as convergence points of travelers such as provincial bus terminals, airports, and seaports.
The Task Force, composed of about 1,000 traffic enforcers, is headed by Assistant General Manager for Operation Emerson Carlos.
From Holy Monday (April 18), to Holy Wednesday (April 20), MMDA traffic enforcers will be posted at transport terminals and traffic choke points, and near churches and pilgrimage routes on Maundy Thursday (April 21), and Good Friday (April 22).
Tolentino said Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group (SCOG) and Parking Discipline Office (PDO) teams of the MMDA will assist traffic enforcers in managing traffic in major roads and critical areas.
With this year’s Holy Week coinciding with the school summer break, Tolentino said the MMDA is expecting a higher-than-usual number of vacationers, which would result in traffic congestion at exit points of Metro Manila and at land, sea, and air transport terminals.
He assured the agency’s traffic personnel will be on hand to assist motorists and commuters.
The MMDA said the public can also call Metrobase Hotline 136 for periodic traffic updates and requests for assistance.
The MMDA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts will be also be open 24/7 during the Holy Week to accept and respond to inquiries.
Also, it said it will deploy at least 1,000 traffic enforcers starting Holy Wednesday (April 20).
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said they will focus on major thoroughfares, particularly EDSA and other exit points of Metro Manila.
“I have declared a no day-off and no absent policy for all our traffic personnel, particularly on April 20, 21, 24, and 25, when traffic is expected to be congested,” Tolentino said in an article posted on the MMDA website.
The Traffic Discipline Office (TDO), in close coordination with the local government units, will concentrate on crucial areas and perennial traffic choke points including:
- * Balintawak
* McArthur Highway
* Ortigas Avenue Extension
* Sumulong Highway
* Marcos Highway
* Coastal Road
* Roxas Boulevard
* Alabang, Pasay, and Cubao
* Vicinities of famous churches.
The MMDA also said the Armed Forces of the Philippines committed at least 30 personnel to assist the agency during the Holy Week.
Also, Tolentino said the “nose in nose out” policy, which prohibits bus drivers from maneuvering their vehicles along EDSA, will be strictly enforced on bus terminals.
He said they will not be allowed to load and unload outside their respective terminals.
The MMDA Roadside Emergency Group will likewise be on standby to provide roadside emergency service and assistance to the public. — LBG, GMA News