By Jaimie Aberia
Manila Police District (MPD) Director Supt. Joel Coronel appealed for understanding as he warned commuters of “several major inconveniences” during the Metro Manila Film Festival Parade of the Stars on Friday.
“The major challenge here is traffic control, but we will man the areas and intersections where the convoy, the floats will be passing,” he said, adding that they are expecting a huge crowd since it was set on the Friday before Christmas.
About 800 policemen will be deployed that day aside from barangay and MMDA personnel.
The parade will start at Mehan Garden near the Manila City Hall, turn right to Taft Avenue, then Jones Bridge, and will move towards Quintin Paredes, proceed to Reina Regente, turn right to Claro M. Recto Avenue, then turn left to Rizal Avenue, right to Fugoso Street, then Quezon Boulevard, before culminating at Plaza Miranda.
The Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit has released advisory on road re-routing of affectef roads from 1 p.m. onwards.
Vehicles going to MacArthur and Quezon Bridge coming from Taft Avenue shall turn right to Ayala, left to C. Palanca to Quiapo Ilalim or take P. Casal to Legarda to point of destination.
Public Utility Jeepneys traveling the northbound lane of Taft Ave. going to Quiapo shall turn right to Ayala Blvd., then left C. Palanca to point of destination.
Jeepeys going to Divisoria area intending to utilize Jones Bridge shall turn left to Finance Rd. straight to P. Burgos, right Bonifacio Drive to Anda Circle, right A. Soriano to Muelle del Rio St., then right to Postal Road to Jones Bridge to point of destination.
Meanwhile all buses coming from the eastern part of Manila, particularly G-Liner/RRCG utilizing Legarda shall turn right to Palanca St., to Quiapo Ilalim to point of origin.
All buses coming from Taft Avenue going to Fairview are advised to turn right to U.N Ave., up to Otis, left to Nagtahan and go straight to Lacson Ave., then right at España Blvd. to point of origin.
Buses coming from the southern part of Manila (Las Pinas, Alabang, Laguna, and Cavite) utilizing Taft Avenue shall turn right to U.N Ave., right to San Marcelino to point of origin.
Other vehicles coming from Ma. Orosa/Roxas Blvd. intending to utilize Jones Bridge to Divisoria shall take Bonifacio Drive- Anda Circle to A. Soriano to Muelle del Rio (Pasig River side), right to Postal Road to Jones Bridge to point of destination.