Chairman Emerson Carlos of the Metro Manila Development Authority on Monday advised motorists to plan their trips to avoid the heavy traffic due to road reblocking and other repairs along major thoroughfares and some parts of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue during the Holy Week.
The Department of Public Works and Highways, according to Carlos, will conduct the road works in Quezon City on Maundy Thursday up to Easter Sunday when low volume of vehicles is expected.
“The DPWH will undertake the road reblocking along Edsa beginning at 2 a.m. on Thursday until 2 p.m. of Sunday along the northbound lane between Madison Street and Ortigas Avenue, and Edsa southbound lane between Ortigas flyover and Boni Avenue,” he said.
Carlos said majority of their personnel are assigned to roads leading to provincial bus terminals, seaports and airports to ensure the safety of thousands of commuters that are beginning to troop to their respective provinces to commemorate the Holy Week and take advantage of the long holiday.
The MMDA chief will deploy 3,073 personnel under “Oplan Metro Alalay Semana Santa 2016” starting Holy Wednesday when the inter-agency operation was activated.
A “Nose-In-Nose-Out” policy at bus terminals will also be imposed to ensure the smooth flow of traffic during the traditional Holy Week exodus.
The policy requires buses to get in and out of the terminals in one simple maneuver and they are not allowed to load and unload outside their respective terminals.