As part of preparations for the opening of classes in June, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has already started extensive re-painting of pedestrian lanes within the immediate vicinities of schools in the metropolis.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said that a total of 700 pedestrian lanes will be repainted, where the agency used thermoplastic materials which not only take longer to fade but also reflect at nighttime.
”Thermoplastic ang ginagamit natin para hindi agad mabura. Ang inuna namin nung Friday nagsimula na kami sa Mandaluyong High School inayos namin yung pedestrian lanes nila, meron pa silang hinihinging garden soil para sa mga proyekto nila sa paaralan,” [We used thermoplastic materials since these don’t easily fade. We started at the Mandaluyong High School, where we fixed the pedestrian lanes. They even requested garden soil for their school projects.] Carlos said during the weekly radio program of the agency.
He also said that they are now starting to fix the traffic signal lights and traffic signs nears the schools to avoid future problems.
Carlos said MMDA personnel also engaged in the school maintenance program, provided cleaning and painting materials that will be used in the cleaning and sprucing of the various schools in the metropolis to ensure that school facilities such as classrooms and other structures are suitable to hold classes and other academic activities as part of the activity called “Brigada Eskwela”.
“Brigada Eskwela” is a week-long activity of the Department of Education (DepEd) which brings together teachers, parents, and other community members to work together in repairing and preparing public schools for the school opening next month.
He added that the MMDA continues to coordinate with officials from the local government units, universities, colleges, PNP, LTO and LTFRB to ensure smooth traffic and maintain security of motorists and students.