The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will field 350 traffic enforcers and other personnel for Monday’s anti-pork barrel fund rally at Rizal Park in Manila.
“We will be deploying 350 personnel that include traffic constables, medical personnel and those who will clean after the rally,” MMDA Assistant General for Operations Emerson Carlos said on MMDA radio on Sunday.
He said a traffic re-routing plan will be implemented on Roxas Boulevard, Taft Avenue, Kalaw and P. Burgos in Manila.
“Portions of Roxas Boulevard between Kalaw and P.Burgos and the Katigbak will be closed to traffic before the march,” Carlos said.
Organizers said the rally will start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.
The MMDA, Carlos said, has touched bases with the Manila city government, particularly the local traffic bureau, and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to ensure that the protest will be peaceful and orderly.
At the same time, Carlos also appealed to protesters not to bring their children to the gathering.
Metro Manila police director Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr. has said the Manila Police Department (MPD) has been placed on full alert effective Saturday in preparation for the mass action.
Various groups have sent word they were taking part in the Million People March despite President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s announcement last Friday that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) will be abolished.
Simultaneous protest actions will be held in key cities of the country such as Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Cagayan De Oro Dagupan, and Puerto Princesa.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO