The MMDA are advising motorists to avoid some portions of Pasig City and the Quiapo area during the Holy Week, in anticipation of heavy traffic during traditional Lenten processions.
"The public is advised to steer away from the said areas particularly on dates when Holy Week processions will be held, as these might cause heavy traffic," said Atty. Francis Tolentino, MMDA Chairman.
The Traffic and Parking Management Office of Pasig City has already announced the closure of various roads on March 30, April 2, 4, 6, and 8 to give way to the citywide Holy Week processions.
As this developed, MMDA strongly urges the public to take alternate routes as follows:
From rotunda from Pasig Mega Market - take F. Manalo street, left to E. Angeles street, left to C. Raymundo Avenue to destination.
From San Joaquin / B. Bayan from Pasig Mega Market - take Balderrama street, right to F. Antonio street, left to Pio Alvarez street, to cross Kalawaan Bridge, right to Elisco Road to destination.
To Pasig Mega Market from B. Bayan / San Joaquin - take Elisco Road, left to M. Jimenez street, to cross Kalawaan Bridge, left to F. Antonio street, right to F. Manalo street, right to Caruncho Avenue to destination.
To Crossing / Quiapo from B. Bayan / San Joaquin - take M. Concepcion street, right to C-5 Road to destination.
To Marikina from B. Bayan / San Joaquin - take R. Jabson street, to cross Bambang Bridge, left to E. Santos street, right to Lopez Jaena street, to cross Sta. Rosa De Lima Bridge to destination.
To San Joaquin / B. Bayan from rotunda - take C-5 Road, u-turn at Kalayaan, right to San Guillermo street, straight to M. Concepcion street, to destination.
To Pasig Mega Market from rotunda - take C. Raymundo Avenue, right to Mercedes Avenue, right to Market Avenue to destination.
Meanwhile, traffic is expected to be heavy in the vicinity of Quiapo from April 1 to 8 for scheduled Lenten activities such as the Stations of the Cross, Easter vigil, Procession of the Black Nazarene on the morning of Good Friday (April 6), Procession of Santo Entierro and Mater Dolorosa at 5 pm of Good Friday, and capped by the "Salubong" on Easter Sunday.
Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:
From A. Mendoza to Baclaran - take Quezon Boulevard fly-over then take Quezon Boulevard Service Road, right to C.M. Recto, left Rizal Avenue, to destination.
From España to Baclaran - take Morayta, left C.M. Recto towards Legarda, then right Legarda towards Ayala Boulevard to Taft Avenue to destination.
From España to Baclaran (2nd alternate route) - take Morayta, right C.M. Recto towards Rizal Avenue, then left Rizal Avenue towards McArthur Bridge to destination.
From Baclaran to España - take Ayala Boulevard towards Legarda, straight to Bustillos, left Earnshaw towards H. Loyola, then right to Loyola, left A.H. Lacson, right to España.
Likewise, motorists are advised to take alternate routes going to Antipolo, particularly on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, as thousands are expected to join the annual "Alay Lakad" or the pilgrimage leading to the Antipolo Church.
Vehicles going to Antipolo may take the following alternate routes:
Along Ortigas to Antipolo - left turn at Imelda Avenue towards Marcos Highway, then right to Marcos Highway all the way to Sumulong Highway, then right Sumulong Highway to Antipolo.
Along EDSA to Antipolo - right turn at Aurora Boulevard, towards Marcos Highway, all the way to Sumulong Highway, then right to Sumulong Highway to Antipolo.
Along C-5 to Antipolo - Right turn Ortigas Avenue, then left at Imelda Avenue towards Marcos Highway, then right to Marcos Highway all the way to Sumulong Highway, then right to Sumulong Highway to Antipolo.
The MMDA chief appealed to the public to plan their trips accordingly, especially with the early suspension of the number coding scheme, and to cooperate with the traffic enforcers and other authorities to achieve a safe, convenient, and meaningful Lent.
To further enhance its extensive traffic monitoring systems, the MMDA also rolled out its Mobile Metrobase, a mobile command and communications van capable of reaching far-flung areas in Metro Manila and providing real-time traffic surveillance footages.
Using a customized Hyundai Starex van, the Mobile Metrobase is equipped with four CCTV monitors and a high-resolution camera at its roof. It can record and relay video footages through Wifi, to the MMDA Command Center in Makati City.
The surveillance van has three highly-trained technician-operators directly in communication with the main command center and the Flood Control Information Center (FCIC). It has its own portable power generator for emergency purposes.