By Chito Chavez
Quezon City’s traffic and rescue teams will have no Lenten Season break.
On orders of the city’s department of public order and safety (DPOS) chief Elmo San Diego, all traffic and rescue personnel of the city were placed on alert to ensure public safety during the observance of the Holy Week.
As provided under the directive, the city’s traffic personnel shall be mobilized to complement the police and traffic management force that will be deployed by the QC Police District and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) during this period.
The city’s rescue team, on the other hand, shall be mobilized to respond to any emergency situation that may arise during the observance of the Lenten season.
San Diego said the city’s traffic personnel will be mobilized to help provide order in securing provincial bus terminals and other passenger holding areas located in Quezon City.
Quezon City plays host to several provincial buses terminals plying Southern Luzon – Quezon City routes and vice versa such as Tritran, JAC and JAM Liners near Kamuning Road and those plying Northern Luzon – QC routes and vice versa such as Baliwag, Victory, Partas, Dagupan, Five Star and the Dominion Bus Lines in the Cubao area.
QC traffic enforcers will also provide traffic assistance to pilgrims and churchgoers during processions and ‘Visita Iglesia.”
DPOS has enlisted the support of the city’s barangay public safety officers for maintaining peace and order in QC during the Lenten break.
Aside from the deployment of peace officers, Joselito Cabungcal of the Quezon City Engineering Department (QCED) assured the city roads are well maintained and the shoulders are free from obstructions to ensure a safer and more comfortable travel for millions of motorists.
With the expected traffic snarl on the roads leading to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Cabungcal said that his men has conducted routine repairs on other alternate routes in the city like Commonwealth Avenue.
In the past Lenten seasons, northbound motorists coming from the Eastern and Southern parts of Metro Manila use Commonwealth Avenue and Mindanao Avenue to lessen the traffic at the Balintawak Exit of the NLEX.
Cabungcal said that on orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista his office has concentrated on the maintenance of streets and roads leading to North Fairview and Lagro as these routes are used as alternate routes in going to San Jose Del Monte and Norzagaray in Bulacan and other nearby areas.
He added that regular road maintenance work on A. Bonifacio and nearby streets was also prioritized as vehicles from Northern and Western Metro Manila and parts of Quezon City take these routes leading to MacArthur Highway instead of the NLEX in going to Bulacan, Pampanga and other provinces farther north.