The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), stated earlier this month that it plans to reduce vehicle volume by 50% in the capital region after the local and national elections this coming May.
According to MMDA General Manager, Frisco San Juan said this is in preparation for more vehicles to ply major thoroughfares in the region with more industries and schools allowing face-to-face setup.
“Sa halip na 20 percent lang ang ating naibabawas kada araw, maaari pong 40 percent sa isang panukala o 50 percent reduction, ‘yan po ang pinag-aaralan ngayon at iyan po ay idadaan pa rin sa masusing pag-aaral para sa mas detalyadong gagawing protocols,” San Juan said during a public briefing.
Instead of the 20 percent daily vehicle reduction, we may implement a 40 percent or 50 percent reduction based on our proposals. Those are what we are studying right now and that will undergo further evaluation for a more detailed protocol.
“Kinakausap din namin ang ibang agencies para mabigyan nila ng suhestyon kung ano sa dalawa ang ating ipapatupad. Siguro after elections na po natin ito ipapairal,” he added.
We are also talking to different agencies to get suggestions from them regarding the two proposals. Maybe we will implement this after the elections.
The MMDA has recently gone to social media to showcase its current ideas on how to reduce the volume of traffic, this includes a two-day number coding scheme, the old number coding scheme, and an odd-even scheme.