IN preparation for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has ordered the deployment of cleanup teams to various public cemeteries in Metro Manila.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino has given all MMDA personnel 10 days to finish the clean up operations on various public cemeteries in the metropolis.
He said the cleanup activity will be carried out in coordination with the concerned local government units (LGUs).
MMDA personnel, he added, will assist the LGUs in garbage collection, sweeping, and repainting of public cemeteries as part of “Oplan Kaluluwa 2013” contingency plan being firmed up by the agency.
“Our objective here is to spruce up most of these 22 public cemeteries, clear the sidewalks, and remove obstructions and illegal structures within the immediate vicinities,” Tolentino said.
Some of the public cemeteries to be cleaned up are Makati South Cemetery, San Felipe Roman Catholic Cemetery in Mandaluyong, Manila North and La Loma cemeteries in Caloocan City; and Bagbag and Sangandaan cemeteries in Quezon City.
A traffic management plan in coordination with various LGU traffic bureaus is also being finalized.
Meanwhile, the Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) and the Toll Regulatory Board said they have prepared several measures to address the expected increase in number of motorists heading towards north during the All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day.
Glenn Campos, MNTC assistant vice president for Traffic and Operations Management, said that starting October 31 to November 3, a motorist assistance program will be activated.
The program dubbed as “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko” aims to intensify its services in NLEX and Cavitex.
Under the program, he added, motorists can avail of free first aid treatment, 24-hour mechanic services, as well as WiFi connection in designated locations along the expressway.
In its traffic management plan, Campos said additional patrol crew toll tellers, and traffic management and security personnel will be deployed in response to the expected heavy traffic volume during the long break.
Ambulant tellers will be on stand-by at the Balintawak, Mindanao Avenue, and Dau toll plazas on October 31 and November 1, and at the Bocaue Toll Plaza from November 2 to 4.
On October 31 and November 1, five spare lanes will be opened at Dau, then at the Bocaue toll plaza on November 3 and 4 for cash paying motorists using Class 1 vehicles. RITCHIE A. HORARIO