The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) assured the public of the agency’s readiness for the expected ‘exodus’ of vehicles from Metro Manila to the provinces for All Saint’s Day, Nov. 1, and All Souls Day, Nov. 2.
MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said on Sunday, Oct. 27, that they will implement a ‘no leave, no absence, no day-off’ policy on Oct. 31, and on Nov. 4 due to the expected large volume of vehicles that will travel to and from Metro Manila during the holidays.
Nebrija said that the MMDA will deploy more than 2,000 personnel including traffic enforcers, road emergency personnel, sidewalk clearing operations group personnel, and Metro Park clearing group personnel.
The traffic head added that MMDA will have 24 hours operations for the upcoming holidays.
The MMDA has also suspended the number coding scheme for all public utility vehicles on Oct. 31 and Nov. 4. The agency also lifted the number coding scheme for all vehicles, including private vehicles, on Nov. 1.
Nebrija also advised motorists to be patient and careful while travelling during the holidays.
“Pag-iingat na lang sa lahat ng mga motorista at mga pasahero. Huwag iinit ang ulo at pairalin palagi ang kalamigan ng ulo,” the MMDA official said during DZRH’s Huntahan.
“Siguraduhin na nasa tamang kundisyon tayo ng pangangatawan para makarating tayo sa paroroonan natin,” he added.
Aside from Undas, Nebrija said that the MMDA has also been preparing for the Christmas season and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which will be hosted by the Philippines from November to December.
“Undas mode then we will be shifting to SEA Games and we will be shifting to Christmas mode,” the traffic head said.
“Matagal na kaming nag-plano diyan. Yung deployment namin, yung traffic management namin, naka-template naman itong mga okasyon na ito, so ready na kami diyan,” he added.