MMDA, NCRPO all set for 'Undas'

October 29, 2009 10:06 am 

MANILA, Oct. 29 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will deploy more than 1,200 traffic enforcers to all major thoroughfares in the metropolis starting Saturday (October 31) to man traffic on roads to and from public and private cemeteries on All Saints Day.

MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando said majority of the agency’s personnel will be manning the roads leading to major cemeteries and provincial bus terminals to ensure the safety of thousands of commuters and pedestrians alike.

“I enjoin our enforcers to strictly implement the laws so that there will be smooth flow of human and vehicular traffic”, Fernando said.

The traffic enforcers will also provide assistance to the general public in cases of road emergencies.

MMDA Traffic and Transport Management Office (TTMO) will work hand in hand with the Philippine National Police, Traffic Enforcement Group, and the local government units.

The MMDA chief explained that the agency is tasked to supervise and control traffic, while the LGUs will implement their respective traffic rerouting schemes.

These traffic management guidelines is part of the annual “Oplan Kaluluwa”, an inter-agency contingency plan employed for the expedient mobility of vehicles and throngs of people expected to flock the cemeteries to pay respect to their departed loved-ones.

Fernando also urged the public to cooperate and support the traffic enforcers and other authorities in order to guarantee a peaceful and orderly celebration of All Saints Day.

Meanwhile, the number coding scheme is suspended on Monday (November 2), which has been declared a non-working holiday by Malacanang.

In a related development, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will deploy around 3,000 policemen to cemeteries in Metro Manila for the commemoration of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.

The 2,943 policemen will be backed up by 7,454 “force multipliers” such as barangay watchmen, radio group members, fire volunteers and civilian volunteers.

At the same time, the NCRPO assured the public that the deployment, which is in line with “Oplan Kaluluwa 2009,” would not affect security in other public places such as malls.

The Greenbelt 5 heist in Makati City and other robbery incidents could lead to apprehension that the deployment of policemen to cemeteries might leave some places vulnerable to crime.

According to NCRPO Director Roberto Rosale, there would be 76 public assistance centers (PACs) in 79 cemeteries in Metro Manila and 23 PACs in 43 bus terminals.

The transport terminals will be watched by 118 police while others will be deployed to overhead light rail systems. (PNA) /V3/CLTC/

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