By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is set to deploy 1,444 personnel on traffic jam prone areas, especially in the University-belt areas, in anticipation of the June 4 opening of classes nationwide.
In a press briefing Thursday, MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo “Jojo” Garcia identified critical areas where additional traffic personnel will be deployed: University belt in Manila, Katipunan Avenue, Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) critical choke point areas of Aurora in Cubao and the Balintawak Cloverleaf.
“Our traffic personnel shall intensify enforcement and clear obstructions near schools with large number of students,” Garcia said.
Aside from traffic enforcers, to be deployed are members of Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group, Anti-Jaywalking Unit as early as 6 am on Monday, June 4 and the succeeding school days.
The MMDA Metrobase, the Command Center of the agency, shall also monitor and track events on a 24-hour-basis to ensure uninterrupted flow of traffic in the metropolis. Duty personnel shall ensure the efficient dispatch of traffic enforcers on areas where they are mostly needed.
Agila Mobile Base where closed circuit television cameras are installed shall be on standby and may be dispatched as the need arises.
As part of the operational guidelines and procedures implemented by the Department of Education through its Oplan Balik Eskwela, Garcia said Metro Parkways Clearing Group members have assisted school authorities in cleaning school premises.
MMDA personnel have joined in cleaning classrooms, trimming of trees, conducting disaster preparedness and management program seminars, painting of classrooms and school buildings and declogging drainages.
“Members of the Traffic Engineering Center have started installing road signs – no parking, parking, school zone and application of thermoplastic pavement markings on pedestrian lanes to guide motorists and students as well,” said Garcia.