Accident-prone areas of EDSA blessed

July 6, 2012 9:27 pm 

MANILA, July 6 –In a bid to rid Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) of road accidents, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority(MMDA) enlisted Friday the help of Catholic priests in blessing accident-prone areas of the highway.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino and assistant general manager Emerson Carlos, together with Fr. Roderick Castro, parish priest of the Guadalupe Church in Makati, sprinkled holy water along the northbound lane of EDSA on Friday morning starting from Magallanes in Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City.

Another convoy led by MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez and another priest, at the same time,sprinkled holy water on the southbound lane of Edsa.

Tolentino said the rites were held to seek God's help in ensuring the safety of motorists and passengers along EDSA.

“With this, we hope and pray, seeking the help of the Lord, to lessen road accidents which happen along EDSA,” Tolentino said.

Recently, road mishaps along EDSA involving buses among other vehicles have increased significantly.

Reports said that from six accidents a day, the number has risen to 36.

Many believe that EDSA has not been blessed since it was renamed in 1959.It used to be called Highway 54.

EDSA is the longest and most important avenue in Manila. It connects and provides access to the cities of Caloocan, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Makati, Pasig, Taguig, Parañaque and Pasay.

After EDSA, MMDA will also hold blessing rites for Commonwealth Avenue, another accident-prone road in the metro.

Tolentino also reminded motorists and passengers to give priority to safety.

Meanwhile, MMDA also said that some parts of Metro Manila have been flooded Friday afternoon.

In its twitter account, MMDA said the flooded thoroughfares were still passable to all types of vehicle as of 2:30 p.m.

In Caloocan City, it said the flood on Samson Road near corner Monumento (eastbound) had reached nine inches but was passable to all types of vehicle.

Floods at C-3 and A. Bonifacio were also gutter-deep but passable to all types of vehicles, the MMDA said.

Also flooded was the area near Biak- na- Bato and Quezon Avenue in Quezon City, with water levels reaching half-gutter.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said rains are still expected in the afternoon or evening due weak southwest monsoon.

In its 11:30 a.m. Friday advisory, PAGASA said that the wind convergence will bring scattered to widespread rains over Bicol Region, Samar Provinces, Leyte Provinces and Surigao del Norte.

Residents living in low lying areas and along mountain slopes are advised to be on alert for possible occurrence of flashfloods and landslides.

The weather agency added that thunderstorms are expected over Quezon City, Marikina, Manila, San Juan City, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela (Camanava) area.

It said moderate to heavy rain is expected in those areas. (PNA)

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