In preparation for the departure and the safe trip of people from Manila to their respective provinces, the MMDA has launched ‘Oplan Metro Alalay Semana Santa’ (Oplan MASS) March 27 until April 6.
Aside from ensuring the smooth flow of traffic on major highways, streets near churches, bus terminals, airports and at entry and exit points along Coastal Road, MacArthur Highway, Marcos Highway, Mindanao Ave. and A. Bonifacio, buses are also being inspected for road-worthiness at the terminals and bus drivers are being checked using their breathalyzers to determine their blood alcohol content before they head out to their destination.
2,300 MMDA personnel have been deployed by the agency composed of 1,627 Traffic Constables, 120 Mobile Patrol units, 130 Motorcycle Units, Road 40 Emergency Groups, 200 members of the Metro Parkway Clearing Group and 300 members of the Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group.
The MMDA has also assured the public that they can be reached for assistance and traffic updates via their Facebook and Twitter accounts or through the Metrobase hotline 136.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has also announced that the number-coding scheme will be lifted in celebration of the Holy Week starting on Holy Wednesday, April 1 until Easter Monday, April 6, 2015. An additional ‘coding holiday’ will be observed on April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor.