Manila, Philippines – Due to expected influx in the number of commuters travelling to the provinces, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced the lifting of the Uniﬁ ed Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) for authorized public utility provincial buses in the metropolis on October 30 and 31, in commemoration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said lifting of the number coding scheme is aimed to ensure that there would be enough public utility buses to serve them.
During an inspection at bus terminals, officials of bus firms raised about the ongoing major
road and bridge repair works being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in various locations in the provinces of Quezon in Region 4-A and Nueva Vizcaya in Region 3, which are causing prolonged travel time of buses to and from Metro Manila.
Tolentino said that the suspension of the UVVRP for provincial buses is part of MMDA’s contingency plans for the forthcoming “Undas”.
“The public is assured that the MMDA shall strictly monitor and supervise trafﬁ c ﬂ ow particularly in identiﬁ ed choke points to ensure the unhampered mobility of vehicles and pedestrians during Undas,” Tolentino said.
However, the UVVRP shall continue to be implemented for private vehicles and other public utility vehicles.
Tolentino further requested the public to cooperate with the MMDA and other government authorities to guarantee a solemn, meaningful, peaceful, and orderly commemoration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Traffic plans and deployment of traffic constables are now in place for the safety of thousands of who will pay their respect to their loved ones on the said occasion.
Tolentino said 2,300 traffic enforcers to all major thoroughfares in the metropolis to man traffic on roads to and from public and private cemeteries on All Saint’s Day, adding that the agency will implement a “No Day-Off, No Absent“ policy among them.
Among the traffic focal points areas are bus terminals at Araneta and EDSA Cubao, Pasay-Taft, Balintawak, Sampaloc; Dangwa, and Mindanao Avenue.
The traffic enforcers have been tasked to provide assistance to the general public in cases of road emergencies, adding that command post and public assistance centers have been set up at the entry points of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to assist motorists and the public.
Motorists are also urged to call agency’s Metrobase hotline 136 for periodic traffic updates while MMDA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts will provide real-timer traffic updates. (Anna Liza T. Villas)
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