The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has warned the public to expect heavy traffic and closed roads in some parts of EDSA during the celebration.
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The MMDA said in an advisory that EDSA northbound from Ortigas Avenue to Santolan and from Santolan to White Plains Avenue westbound will e closed from 12a.m. to 1p.m. on February 25. The annual meeting of ordinary citizens and rebel soldiers who backed the 1986 bloodless revolution will be re-enacted during the commemoration, Carlos said.
The MMDA, anticipating the large number of participants, will open a zipper lane or counterflow lane on EDSA’s southbound for the northbound vehicles in front of Megamall to Santolan. Carlos said that they’re expecting a lot of visitors, particularly students, since it is EDSA’s 30th anniversary.
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) said on Monday that it will implement a security and public safety plan to ensure order and security for this year’s celebration. Ricardo Marquez, PNP Chief, directed the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) headed by Director Joel pagdilao to provice the overall security, peace and order and emergency preparedness coverage for the duration of the activities.
NCRPO has coordinated with the EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC), Pagdilao said. 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.
MMDA proposed the following alternative routes:
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.