Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has been deploying a total of 2,664 personnel from different offices since Friday, May 6 until May 10, to man traffic, clean-up after the campaign sorties, and look after other election-related activities.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said the deployment of their personnel is part of their traffic management plan for the May 9 elections.
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Carlos said that a fraction of these MMDA personnel will be assigned in different precincts in the metropolis while others will be positioned in the vicinity of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Intramuros, Manila. A number of personnel will also be assigned at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City during the canvassing of votes of the national posts.
Some of the personnel who were deployed last Friday were assigned to a campaign sortie by Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas and his running mate Leni Robredo in Baclaran, Pasay. On the other hand, traffic enforcers manned the Quirino Grandstand in Manila in time for the campaign rally of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte and his runningmate Alan Peter Cayetano.
MMDA personnel are also present during the Meeting de Avance of Liberal Party (LP) at the Quezon City Memorial Circle in Quezon City today.
The rest of the MMDA personnel will be assigned in bus terminals, sea ports, and exit/entry points to and from the metropolis, including the North Luzon Expressway, South Luzon Expressway, Coastal Road, Marcos Highway, McArthur Highway, Mindanao Avenue, and Bonifacio Drive.
While the priority of the MMDA is to control the flow of traffic, most of these personnel will take care of the cleaning of trash after rallies and campaign sorties and even after the elections as it is expected that the streets will be filled with trash thrown by undisciplined individuals.
Meanwhile, the MMDA has issued a warning for motorists over the weekend as today serves as the last day of campaigns.
In a Twitter post, MMDA advised drivers to “expect heavy traffic over the weekend” as “there are several political rallies led by presidential candidates scheduled in Manila, Makati and Quezon City.”