MANILA — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced the suspension of the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), commonly known as Number Coding Scheme, on Thursday in line with the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution.
According to Crisanto Saruca, head of MMDA’s Traffic Discipline Office the Number Coding Scheme is lifted (Metro Manila wide/all cities) will be implemented on Feb. 25 which was declared as a special non-working holiday.
Under the Number Coding Scheme which aims to ease the volume of traffic on Metro Manila’s streets, vehicles are banned from major roads from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., depending on the last digit of their license plates.
Meanwhile, Saruca said the agency is ready to implement its traffic management plan for the event.
He said around 1,750 MMDA personnel, along with their respective tow trucks and rescue equipment, will be deployed near and around the immediate vicinity of the historic People Power Monument on Edsa, Quezon City.
A portion of the EDSA northbound lane — from Ortigas Avenue to Santolan Road– will be closed during the celebration which will start around midnight until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Also, the EDSA southbound lane from Santolan to Ortigas (EDSA Shrine) will be closed from 7:00 a.m. until the end of program.
Motorists, including public utility buses, are advised to take the following alternate routes:
Southbound vehicles may take West Triangle, Quezon Avenue, Kamuning, and Aurora Boulevard.
Northbound vehicles coming from C-5 may turn left at Aurora Boulevard instead of Santolan.
Participants, composed of government workers, civil society, military and police personnel, will be re-enacting the momentous “salubungan”, converging at the People Power Monument for a short program.
Metro Manila mayors and their respective constituents are expected to join in the celebration, gathering near the Edsa Shrine on the corner of Ortigas and Edsa.
Hundreds of MMDA employees will also participate in the event and will visit the experiential museum set up by the People Power Commission inside the Camp Aguinaldo grounds.
“We recognize the importance of the event that has changed the course of Philippine history and its impact on society. The experiential museum will allow the younger generation the significance of the first ‘bloodless’ revolution in Asia that we, as Filipinos, should be proud of,” MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said.
The MMDA will put a zipper lane, or counter-flow lane, on the EDSA southbound lane in front of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City to ease traffic gridlock in the area.
Motorists who will be using the zipper lane can exit in front of the gate of Camp Crame and resume plying the EDSA northbound lane.
The MMDA will place several directional signs in strategic areas along Edsa for northbound public utility buses before the People Power Monument as a traffic re-routing plan.
The celebration of the 30th EDSA People Power Anniversary on February 25, 2016 with the theme ”Pagbabago: Ipaglaban N’yo, Itutuloy Ko”.
Part of the celebration will be the flag raising ceremony in Camp Crame to be attended by PNP officers and personnel, and the traditional ‘Salubungan’ (Unity Walk) with the members of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). PNA/Jonnah Lynne R. Pante (OJT)/northboundasia.com