By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is expecting large volume of vehicular traffic at the start of the year as most Metro Manila residents who went on a holiday vacation to their provinces return to Manila.
Bong Nebrija, MMDA chief of special operations Task Force, said deployment of traffic personnel on major streets remains in full force to manage traffic when vacationers return to work on January 2, Tuesday, for private offices and January 3, Wednesday, for government work.
“We will post or deploy traffic enforcers to ensure traffic volume would be manageable in Balintawak, Commonwealth and Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA),” said Nebrija.
Traffic management efforts would also prioritize entry points of North Luzon Expressway and South Luzon Expressway.
“All of our 2,400 traffic personnel will be deployed on major roads as we are implementing no-day off, no-absent policy among our front liners on January 1 and 2,” said Nebrija.
He said MMDA will also work double time in conducting clearing operations on congested areas in the metropolis, such as Q-Mart area in Quezon City and Baclaran in the jurisdiction of Pasay and Parañaque cities.
Meanwhile, the number coding scheme for vehicles is lifted on January 2 in the metropolis.
The lifting of number coding is effective for private and public utility vehicles.
Aside from ground traffic enforcers, personnel of the Metrobase would also be busy monitoring road activities and traffic conditions along Edsa and areas with installed closed circuit television cameras.