By CNN Philippines Staff
In anticipation of the Christmas rush traffic this coming weekend, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be deploying additional traffic personnel along major roads of the metro.
MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago said the agency will assign traffic enforcers, especially on major chokepoints, until 12 midnight on Friday, December 21, and Saturday, December 22.
“In view of the anticipated traffic in Metro Manila this holiday season, starting tomorrow December 21 till December 22, MMDA will deploy its personnel/enforcers till 12 midnight in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares, chokepoints and critical intersections,” she said in a statement.
MMDA warned commuters of a “carmageddon” on the last Friday before Christmas.
Transport authorities said traffic will be worse than usual, with the flow of traffic expected to be at 14 kilometers per hour (kph) from the usual 19 kph. This means a 20-minute trip may stretch to 45 minutes or more.
The expected choke points are EDSA, Balintawak, Cubao, Ortigas, Ayala and Buendia.
MMDA also announced that number coding for private vehicles will be suspended from December 24 to January 2, 2019, while coding for provincial buses will be suspended from December 21 to January 2.