by Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has set 60 kilometer per hour minimum speed limit for funeral convoys along major thoroughfares in the metropolis.
Celine Pialago, MMDA spokesperson, said the move is the latest initiative of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) to improve the traffic condition in the metropolis.
“Once the funeral convoy leaves the funeral parlor, it has to comply with the normal traffic speed, which is 60 kph,” said Pialago over the agency’s radio program over DZBB.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos, who is part of the I-ACT, said funeral service companies have agreed to the banning funeral procession or convoy on major roads to prevent traffic buildup on busy streets.
Participants of the procession, including hearse and its convoy, should also obey traffic rules.
“The convoy shall stop or gets cut once the traffic signal turns red. No stopping of traffic to allow the hearse and its convoy to pass,” said Orbos.
For those requiring walks, as per tradition/culture, designated walk areas will be identified based on the assessment of funeral parlors.
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