MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will suspend the implementation of its Modified Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program Vehicles, also known as the number coding scheme, on the upcoming election day, May 9.
Malacañang released a declaration on Thursday, May 5, announcing the day as a special non-working holiday to allow voters to cast their ballots.
MMDA will have 90 personnel deployed to handle the expected traffic along thoroughfares during Monday’s elections.
MMDA’s Chairman Romando Artes stated that the traffic enforcers have their station near the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, where the vote canvassing will be conducted.
Moreover, they announced the closing of Magdalena Jalandoni street from Buendia to Vicente Sotto street on election day.
In addition, to guide motorists, Artes said to install traffic signs on the northbound portions of Macapagal and Diokno boulevards.
Meanwhile, Cavite-Laguna expressway’s concessionaire MPCALA Holdings Inc. says they are ready for the expected outpour of motorists that will pass through its expressways starting today until May 9.
In preparation for the high number of voters and to provide additional assistance to motorists in the upcoming elections, they vowed to place more traffic marshals, security teams, and toll plaza personnel all over Metro Manila.
The implemented scheme is considered effective in reducing traffic congestion, particularly in Metro Manila, because it limits the use of certain types of vehicles on the roads based on the ending of the plate numbers on particular days of the week.
MMDA’s scheme is where they ban private and public vehicles with plate numbers that end with 1 and 2 from 5 PM to 8 PM on Mondays; 3 and 4 on Tuesdays; 5 and 6 on Wednesdays; 7 and 8 on Thursdays; and 9 and 0 on Fridays. – WhatALife!