October 27, 2015
MMDA to Assist Passengers at Bus Terminals, Ports
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will deploy scores of personnel at various bus terminals and ports in the metropolis to assist thousands of passengers trooping to the provinces for the observance of All Saints Day on November 1.
As part of the agency’s yearly Oplan Kaluluwa, several personnel of MMDA’s Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group (SCOG) will be helping passengers bring their large baggage inside the bus stations and ports with push carts.
SCOG personnel will be assigned to help passengers at the Araneta Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City and several bus terminals in Pasay.
According to MMDA Officer in Charge Emerson Carlos, this will ensure the smooth flow of human and vehicular traffic particularly on areas where most bus terminals are located.
MMDA will start the deployment at the bus terminals as early as October 29. They are expected to be at the stations and ports on November 2 to assist returning passengers to Metro Manila from the provinces.
Meanwhile, over 2,000 personnel from several operating units of the agency, including Traffic Discipline Office, Road Emergency Group, Task Force Illegal Terminal, Parking Discipline Group, Towing and Impounding Group will also be fielded to clear major roads and sidewalks of all forms of obstructions and ensure smooth flow of traffic.
The priority traffic choke points are the bus terminals in Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City; Edsa-Cubao; Edsa-Taft, and Sampaloc, Manila; Edsa-Balintawak, Dangwa and Mindanao Avenue.
Additional traffic personnel will also be deployed to the Southwest Integrated Provincial Terminal, which services public utility buses that ply the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas route.
For traffic monitoring, MMDA will field its “Agila 1” at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal on October 30 and 31 and at the Manila North Cemetery on November 1 and 2, and “Agila 2” at the South Cemetery on November 1 and 2. Agila 1 & 2 are the agency’s mobile command centers, which are capable of sending real-time video footages to the MMDA’s Command and Communications Center in Makati City.
“I am appealing to the public for their utmost cooperation in order to guarantee a peaceful and orderly celebration of All Saints Day,” Carlos said.
Oplan Kaluluwa is an all-out effort of the MMDA, in coordination with other national government agencies and local government units in Metro Manila, to maintain order in the roads on All Saints Day and assist the public going to and from public cemeteries.