MMDA deploys 400 personnel; fields 2 Mobile Metro base command centers on Labor Day

April 30, 2012 10:46 pm 

MANILA, April 30 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will deploy personnel from agency’s Civil Disturbance Unit and field two Mobile Metro Base command centers to monitor traffic condition during the Labor Day observance Tuesday.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said they would deploy at least 400 personnel from their own Civil Disturbance Unit in areas where protesters are expected to hold their protest actions such as the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila.

Tolentino said they would also field two Mobile Metro Base command centers — Agila 1 and Agila 3 — to help authorities monitor not only the traffic condition in the metropolis but also for emergency and security surveillance operations.

Agila 1, the first Mobile Metro Base, is a converted Hyundai Starex van fitted with close circuit television camera (CCTV), high resolution camera capable of 360-degree view and a micro-wave antenna, among others, to take footages of traffic situation which it then can relay to the agency’s main command center in Guadalupe, Makati. The vehicle has also its own portable power generator for emergency purposes.

The MMDA chairman said the mobile command center’s surveillance system has a range of seven kilometers from the nearest MMDA base station and has proven its worth in traffic monitoring during the Holy Week’s exodus.

Agila 3, on the other hand, is an agency bus converted for that purpose.

Tolentino also appealed to protesters not to vandalize walls, poles and other public places.

“Panawagan po natin na iwasan sana natin mag-vandal sa mga pader, poste at iba pang lugar. Ito ay para na rin sa kaayusan ng ating kalungsuran,” Tolentino said.

He also said that motorists and the public should avoid areas where protests actions will be held such as Liwasang Bonifacio, Plaza Miranda, Nagtahan and Mendiola so as not to further aggravate the expected traffic problem in those areas.

Meanwhile, the agency’s Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), commonly known as the “number-coding” scheme will be lifted in the entire metropolis on May 1.

The traffic reduction scheme is automatically lifted every time the country observes a regular holiday. (PNA)

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