MMDA Task Force Special Operations (TFSO) chief Edison “Bong” Nebrija (Screengrab from Laging Handa briefing)

MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to deploy 581 traffic enforcers to man traffic and ensure the safety of students in 146 public schools across Metro Manila.

In a Laging Handa briefing on Tuesday, MMDA Task Force Special Operations (TFSO) chief Edison “Bong” Nebrija said these enforcers will also help clear pedestrian lanes, “yellow boxes,” and sidewalks of obstructions.

Sisiguraduhin pong walang naka-obstruct para tuluy-tuloy po ang daloy ng trapiko para sa mga magulang na maghahatid at magsusundo po ng kanilang mga anak (They’ll ensure there are no obstructions for a smooth flow of traffic for parents who will drop off and pick up their children),” Nebrija said.

As part of its preparation for the beginning of the new school year this August, he said ‘Mabuhay Lanes,’ or alternative routes, have also been set up in the vicinity of the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) to help minimize the traffic in Metro Manila’s busiest road.

For those who wish to cross Pasig River, he said motorists may opt to take three other bridges, aside from the Guadalupe Bridge in EDSA.

These bridges include the old Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge in Makati City, and the newly opened Pantaleon-Kalayaan Bridge and Santa Monica Bridge.

Ito pong mga bridges na ito (These bridges) will help a lot to decongest the volume of cars in EDSA if the motorist will take these alternate routes instead of passing through EDSA,” he said.

He also called on motorists, especially those traveling from the cities of Mandaluyong or Pasig, to make use of these other bridges instead of passing through EDSA. (PNA)