MANILA, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is ready to deal with the jeepney caravan tomorrow to be staged from Quezon City to Manila by militant transport groups.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino yesterday said that aside from monitoring the situation, the agency is also ready to deploy more than 60 vehicles, mostly trucks and buses, to provide free rides to commuters should the protest action leave them stranded.
“We will provide all the necessary services and manpower to make sure that the commuting public will not be inconvenienced,” Tolentino said.
The MMDA yesterday hosted a multi-agency meeting at its Makati City headquarters to map out a plan of action regarding the protest action to be led by the Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) and other left-leaning organizations. The caravan will be staged to protest the recent upsurge in oil prices.
In attendance were National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Nicanor Bartolome, Dante Lantin of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Col. Rene Santos of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) National Capital Region Command, Manuel Iway of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and local government officials from the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasay, and Quezon.
According to the MMDA, some 200 jeepneys are expected to join the protest caravan that will start at the Quezon City Memorial Circle and make its way to Mendiola in Manila.
Tolentino urges motorists to find alternate routes to Manila from Quezon City and avoid passing through Quezon Avenue where traffic is expected to be heavy.
According to the NCRPO, the transport caravan will start at 10 a.m. from the Quezon City Memorial Circle and move toward Welcome Rotonda through Quezon Avenue.
A program will then take place at the Welcome Rotonda at around 11 a.m. before heading to Mendiola, where protesters will hold a program until 5 p.m.
ADVISORY: MMDA REROUTING SCHEME IN CONNECTION WITH TOMORROW'S (MARCH 31) PISTON CARAVAN
From Quezon City Memorial Circle right to North Avenue, straight to Edsa, take u-turn slot at SM North, right to West Avenue, right to Del Monte, left to Araneta Avenue, then right to Ma. Clara Street, straight to Andalucia, to destination.
From Recto straight to Sergio Loyola Street, straight to Matimyas, right to E. Rodriguez Avenue, left to Banawe or straight to Araneta Avenue then straight to Edsa, to destination.