The Christmas season is upon us, which means traffic is only going to get worse from this point. Recognizing this, the House Committee on Metro Manila Development has assessed the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic’s (I-ACT) plan of attack to help ease road congestion during the holidays.
I-ACT head Manuel Gonzales presented his organization’s five recommendations, namely:
1. Enforcement operations
2. Moratorium on all utility works and road diggings to be conducted from December 1, 2018, to January 9, 2019
3. Moratorium on road closures for special events such as community fairs, fiestas, fun run, and concerts, among others
4. Extended Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or number coding from 7am to 8pm*
5. Mall operations
*We will clarify what they mean by this, since number coding is already from 7am to 8pm.
For enforcement operations, I-ACT proposes the following:
1. Anti-illegal parking operation on all Mabuhay lanes
2. Allowing parking from 12am to 4am only in selected areas
3. Sidewalk-clearing operations
4. Anti-colorum operations
5. Traffic law-enforcement operations
As for the malls, which become a hub of activity during the holidays, I-ACT suggests:
1. Traffic-management plans during holidays and sales
2. No mall sales on Fridays
3. Deploy additional traffic enforcers during mall sales
4. Efficient parking systems so that there will be no queuing along major thoroughfares while entering mall parking lots
5. Deliveries from 12am to 6am only
The plan also includes recommendations from the Philippine National Police–Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), such as deploying enforcers in congested areas and intensifying anti-carnapping measures.
In response, Representative Manuel Luis Lopez said the concerned government bodies should be able to decongest the metro’s major choke points: SM North Edsa and EDSA Trinoma, EDSA Shaw Blvd near EDSA Shangri-La and SM Megamall, and EDSA Taft.
“Paulit-ulit na lang. You can’t play blind. Kindly take note of the perennial traffic in these areas especially with the coming Christmas (traffic),” Lopez said.
This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Entrepreneur.com.ph editors.