MMDA releases rerouting scheme for President Aquino's SONA 2012

July 17, 2012 10:04 pm 

MANILA, July 17 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Tuesday released alternate routes for public and private vehicles that will be implemented during the 3rd State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III on July 23,to ensure that motorists are not unduly inconvenienced by the expected traffic problems.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said 950 traffic enforcers will be deployed to ensure smooth traffic slow in Quezon City and to guide motorists on the traffic rerouting plan.

MMDA said for private vehicles from Commonwealth – Fairview,right turn to Regalado; right turn to Dahlia; left turn to Chestnut; right turn to Old Sauyo Road; left turn to Mindanao Avenue; right turn to EDSA.

From EDSA – Congressional,right turn to Congressional; left turn to Mindanao Avenue; right turn to Old Sauyo Road; left turn to Chestnut; right turn to Dahlia; left turn to Regalado; left turn / right turn to Commonwealth

For public utility vehicles:Along Commonwealth Avenue counter flow traffic at least four lanes per direction will be implemented starting from Superstar KTV u-turn slot up to San Simon u-turn slot.

In a related development, Tolentino said more than 200 civil disturbance units of the agency underwent a dry run of anti-riot strategies on Tuesday as part of their preparations on the President’s 3rd SONA on Monday.

Tolentino said the drill hopes to reinforce the knowledge of the personnel in dealing with rallyists.

Tolentino, also head of the Presidential Task Force on Transport Strike and Mass Actions (TRASMA), said the retraining will be conducted until next week and until they will be ready to deal with groups that will hold protests on July 23.

Under the training of retired police general Maximo Dilla, the MMDA personnel comprising the Task Force Kaayusan and Task Force Kalasag presented formations for crowd control, simulated problem solving and arrest strategies against fake protesters.

Tolentino said MMDA personnel will serve as augmentation forces in the security operations, prepared by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

“They will secure the Batasan Complex and surrounding areas,” said Tolentino.

The MMDA Chairman said the PNP and the government have yet to determine militant groups that will stage rallies at the Batasang Pambansa complex.

Moreover, he said his men will also attend seminars to be conducted by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to educate them on proper operation and respect for human rights.

Tolentino added that tow trucks and emergency vehicles of the MMDA will also be on standby-alert ready to respond to any distress calls with the agency’s Metro Base monitoring traffic and personnel deployment on a round-the-clock basis.

But the MMDA said the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the “number-coding” scheme will not be lifted. (PNA) FPV/CLTC

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