I-ACT opens VMMC gates to motorists to decongest traffic along North Ave.Aerol B. PateAa

The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) will open the gates of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City in a bid to improve the traffic situation in Metro Manila.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Thomas Orbos said the agency has already coordinated and gained the approval of the VMMC management to open up its gates to accommodate motorists traversing North Ave. going to E. delos Santos Ave. (EDSA).

Meanwhile, Department of Transportation (DOTr) spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Cherie Mercado, said the I-ACT is grateful for the VMMC's support for the initiative.

To secure a sticker to gain access to the VMMC premises, motorists need to fill up an application form from the VMMC Security Office and provide their photos and photocopies of the OR/CR of the vehicles for the issuance of the entrance sticker, which costs PHP500.

Private vehicles with stickers will only be allowed from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday to enter the VMMC main gate along North Ave.

The vehicles will then exit at the medical facility's Gate 2, leading to Mindanao Ave., then to their respective destinations.

The I-ACT initially opened Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City and the Bonifacio Naval Station in Taguig City to decongest the streets and main roads within the immediate vicinity. It has earlier stated that it is also considering opening up access roads at the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City, MMDA property along Roxas Blvd. and several properties of the Philippine National Railways and National Power Corp. in Metro Manila to ease the traffic congestion in the metropolis.

Source: Philippines News Agency