EDSA closed for People Power anniversary

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has warned motorists to expect heavy traffic in some parts of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) on Thursday.

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MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos said a portion of EDSA will be closed to traffic to pave the way for activities in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution that overthrew former strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

In an advisory, the MMDA said that EDSA northbound from Ortigas Avenue to Santolan and from Santolan to White Plains Avenue westbound will be closed from 12 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 25.

Carlos said the annual “salubungan” or the meeting of ordinary citizens and rebel soldiers who backed the 1986 bloodless revolution will be re-enacted during the commemoration.

In anticipation of the large number of participants, the MMDA will open a zipper lane or counter-flow lane on EDSA’s southbound for the northbound vehicles in front of Megamall to Santolan.

“We are expecting a lot of visitors, particularly students, since it is EDSA’s 30th anniversary,” Carlos said.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Pagbabago: Ipaglaban n’yo. Itutuloy ko.”
The EDSA People Power Commission (PPC) has set up an “Experiential Museum” inside Camp Aguinaldo. It will bring together live shows, displays and special exhibits depicting the events from the declaration of martial law to the ouster of former president Ferdinand Marcos.

The walkthrough is estimated to last 50 minutes and is free of charge.

The MMDA said it will deploy 1,104 agency personnel in the area composed of traffic constables, street sweepers and rescue and emergency responders to guide the motorists.
It has designated the areas in front of La Salle Greenhills and along Connecticut Road as parking spaces.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said that it will implement a security and public safety plan to ensure order and security for this year’s celebration.
PNP Chief Ricardo Marquez directed the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) headed by Director Joel Pagdilao to provide the overall security, peace and order and emergency preparedness coverage for the duration of the activities.

Pagdilao said the NCRPO has coordinated with the EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council- Office of the Civil Defense (NDDRMC-OCD), Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR), Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and other concerned agencies.

The following alternate routes were proposed by the MMDA:
For White Plains: use Kamias Rd., Aurora Blvd., P. Tuazon, Boni Serrano/Santolan, Ortigas, C5; thru traffic will be allowed from White Plains to Temple Drive (there will be no u-turn, because White Plains will be closed)
For EDSA: use Mckinley Rd./Kalayaan/Pioneer to C5, Roxas Blvd./Quirino/Osmeña, Ayala, Buendia, R. Magsaysay Blvd., and Quezon Ave. to go north.

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