For Filipinos expecting today to be some sort of holiday, wishful thinking. Except for the fact that the country’s top two executives will be sworn into office today, it is a regular working day.
That’s why the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has made preparations to counter the added vehicular traffic motorists might encounter today.
The MMDA has deployed more than 500 traffic enforcers to various parts of Metro Manila including the inauguration venues, airport routes and roads that lead to the separate venues of the inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President-elect Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo in order to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.
No roads have been closed for these separate celebrations but motorists are advised to expect traffic due to the passage of convoys of guests attending the event.
”Five hundred personnel mamayang gabi start ng deployment may clearing operations din kami. Ito rin aalalay kay President Aquino going to Time st. in Quezon City. Mabilis lang yong convoy, walang affected masyado,” said Atty. Crisanto Saruca of the MMDA Traffic Discipline Office.
[Five hundred personnel will be deployed starting tonight and we also have clearing operations. We will also have a support group assisting (outgoing) President Aquino as he returns to Time Street in Quezon City. The convoy will be fast and may not affect traffic much.]
President-elect Duterte’s inaugural ceremony will be held today in Malacañang. 600 guests, including diplomats, incoming secretaries, government officials and Duterte’s family members, are expected to attend.
Vice President-elect Robredo will hold her oath-taking at the Quezon City Executive House. The program will begin at 9AM and around 300 guests are expected to attend.