MMDA gears up for school opening, deploys 800 personnel

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it would be deploying 800 of its personnel for the opening of schools on Monday to support the Department of Education’s “Oplan Balik Eskwela.”


MMDA Traffic Discipline Office (TDO) Director Crisanto Saruca said the deployment would include traffic enforcers and street sweepers who will be tasked with traffic management, sidewalk clearing, apprehension of jaywalkers and clearing of road obstructions near schools across Metro Manila.


“Idedeploy namin yung mga traffic constables and other support units areas leading to school zones which may be prone to traffic congestions. The objective is to intensify our traffic enforcement and direction control, maintaining uninterrupted flow of traffic, maliban po rito, aayusin ang footbridges and sidewalks to be clear obstructions and illegal vendors,” Saruca said.


Saruca added that the MMDA personnel would also be monitoring critical areas near school zones, particularly the exits and entrances of the schools.


“The Traffic Discipline Office, of which the traffic constables are part of, will be deployed as early as 5:30 in the morning on June 1 and the succeeding days possibly within the next two weeks from school opening to ensure the smooth flow of traffic and the convenient passage of students towards their school,” said Saruca.


Meanwhile, Saruca added that the MMDA’s Metrobase would also be closely monitoring the first day of school. The MMDA’s Metrobase would be augmented by the agency’s “Agila” mobile command centers that could be deployed to areas of Metro Manila if needed.


Saruca said the MMDA personnel would be deployed as early as 5:30 a.m.


Meanwhile, the MMDA will also enforce a “no smoking zone” 100 meters from the school.


Saruca added that as part of the MMDA’s pre-opening activity, the agency’s rescue and traffic enforcement group will set up a monitoring desk in Divisoria to help check the prices of school supplies and maintain peace and order.


According to the Department of Education, some 23 million students will be attending the first day of classes on June 1. Of this number, 21 million students will be attended public schools. g- with a report from Irish Matito