February 1, 2016
MMDA GEARS UP FOR 30TH EDSA PEOPLE POWER CELEBRATION
Preparations are underway for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) its traffic management and re-rerouting plan to commemorate the 30th Edsa People Power Revolution on February 25.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said that though the February 25 has been declared as a non-working holiday by Malacanang, it is still necessary to come up with a traffic management plan because as early February 10, organizers will be setting up an “experiential museum” along White Plains Avenue.
Last Monday, January 25, MMDA officials met with traffic bureau heads of the 17 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila and representatives of the Edsa People Power Commission (PPC) to discuss the schemes that would be implemented to ease congestion of the major thoroughfare during the celebration of the historic event.
The closure of several lanes of White Plains Avenue will be necessary, especially the westbound direction to install the nine halls of the museum which depicts the events leading to the ouster of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr., PPC representatives said.
Aside from the commuters and private motorists who will be affected by the traffic re-routing, Carlos said residents of posh subdivisions in the area, such as Corinthian Garden and St. Ignatius, will be advised regarding the closure of White Plains Avenue.
“We don’t want to get into an argument with the residents regarding the yearly celebration of Edsa People Power Revolution,” Carlos said.
MMDA personnel will help in the clearing of the plant boxes, bike shelters and concrete barriers along White Plains Avenue to give way for the “experiential museum” and food stalls to be set up during the event.
PPC is expecting a large number of students coming from south and north of Manila on board buses to participate to walk through the museum. The walkthrough is estimated to last 50 minutes.
Based on the initial MMDA traffic management plan, Edsa will be closed from corner of Ortigas Avenue up to Santolan on the midnight of February 25 for the annual “salubungan” re-enactment.
MMDA officials are also contemplating implementing “zipper” or the counter-flow lanes during the event.