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MMDA to implement traffic schemes in Ortigas for school opening

MANILA — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will implement various traffic schemes in Ortigas in preparation for the opening of the new school year next month.
MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos said school officials and parents of students of Saint Poveda College in Pasig City have expressed support to the road measures to be implemented by the agency to further ease traffic congestion in the area during a meeting with the agency Monday.
"Even before the opening of classes, we have engaged them and suggested some measures that aim to keep the traffic around the school and its immediate vicinity continuously moving even during rush hours," Orbos said in a statement.
He said a shuttle service system with pick up and drop off points would be implemented as it has been effective in several schools.
The shuttle service scheme is currently being done by the Ateneo De Manila University to address the traffic gridlock on Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.
The school administration would also coordinate with MMDA traffic heads in case of early dismissal of students as it would affect the traffic flow in EDSA. It has also issued more than 1,000 stickers to private vehicles passing in and out of the school grounds.
The MMDA has requested the Poveda administration to provide the names of its security personnel that will undergo training and deputization by the agency to serve as force multipliers within the vicinity.
For its part, the Poveda – Parent Teacher Association (PTA) urged MMDA to issue traffic violation tickets to the drivers of students as some traffic enforcers who tried to issue violation tickets have been harassed by bodyguards/drivers of Poveda students.
According to the MMDA, the heavy vehicular volume at Poveda which is situated in Ortigas, one of the busiest business districts in Metro Manila, would further add to congestion in the area.
The school will put up tarpaulins within its premises to advise motorists of the traffic schemes that will be implemented by the MMDA.
The MMDA will meet with school officials of La Salle, Ateneo, and Miriam in the next few days. (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-May-18 12.00.00 UTC+0800