With June just days away, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started preparations for the start of school year 2016-2017 by face-lifting road signs and equipment and around educational institutions.

The agency has assigned personnel to repaint a total of 700 pedestrians lanes 'within the immediate vicinities of schools in the metropolis' using thermoplastic materials, which make it more reflective during the night and also makes the paint finish last longer.

"Thermoplastic ang ginagamit natin para hindi agad mabura. Ang inuna namin nung Friday nagsimula na kami sa Mandaluyong High School inayos namin yung pedestrian lanes nila meron pa silang hinihigig garden soil para sa mga proyekto nila sa paaralan," said Carlos.

[We used thermoplastic so that it won't fade. We started last Friday with pedestrian lanes near Mandaluyong High School and we also helped them out when they asked for garden soil for their school project.]

Traffic signal lights near schools were also given attention by the MMDA to prevent it from causing any accidents in the future.

"Yung iba mga vinandalize at nayupi inaayos na po namin pero mga areas na kailangan ng traffic signage especially like schools at maraming kabataan na pumapasok at endanger sa road safety at accidents sila po binibigyan natin ng pansin," explained Carlos.

[Some (traffic lights) were vandalized and misshaped so we fixed it and the areas that needed traffic signage like schools where many kids cross the roads on a regular basis were given special attention.]

The MMDA has also expressed its commitment to continue working with the PNP, LTO and LTFRB to ensure the safety of motorists and students in the upcoming school year.