TO avoid being snarled in heavy traffic, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) encouraged students to consider distance learning and open university system instead of attending classes in schools.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said there are universities that offer distance learning education or open universities that students could avail themselves of and to decongest traffic in the metropolis.
“Students need not go to their schools daily to avoid traffic,” said Tolentino as he expressed support to the change of school calendars.
At the same time, Tolentino urged administrators of colleges and universities to use their external campuses in provinces for the open-university system.
“We can use offsite campuses to help decongest traffic in Metro Manila,” said Tolentino.
The MMDA chief issued the call as the agency is set to hold a traffic summit on Thursday in preparation for the 13 road projects that will be constructed simultaneously within the next two years.
During the summit, a comprehensive traffic management plan would be drawn to be implemented in Metro Manila for the duration of the construction period.
A number of road and infrastructure projects lined up to start this year includes the NAIA elevated expressway, Santa Monica-Lawton Bridge, Makati Avenue underpass and the Pasay-Taft flyover, among others.
The MMDA expressed fear that these road projects, which will be constructed simultaneously, will inevitably cause traffic nightmare and inconvenience.
Tolentino earlier urged motorists and commuters to change their lifestyle in order to get adjusted to the monstrous traffic condition in Metro Manila.
Unless important, Tolentino suggested that Metro Manila residents should limit their movements within their respective localities, and plan their travel efficiently as these will redound to lesser volume of vehicles and pedestrians on the streets.