In anticipation of the exodus of Metro Manila residents to the provinces for the Christmas break, the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT) on Monday announced the suspension of the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or Number Coding Scheme for private vehicles on Friday, December 23. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), an i-ACT member, is also lifting the UVVRP for all private vehicles on Monday (December 26), Thursday (December 29) and for the celebration of Rizal Day on December 30. MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said the UVVRP suspension will help the public to use their vehicles to travel to their respective destinations outside Metro Manila. The i-ACT recently limited the use of provincial buses plying a portion of Edsa, particularly from Timog Avenue to P. Tuazon Blvd., from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. in to improve traffic flow in the area where bus terminals are located. Earlier, the traffic council also lifted the Number Coding Scheme for provincial buses starting 1 p.m. of December 22. It also suspended the UVVRP for provincial buses on December 23, 29 and Jan. 2, 2017.