The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is relaxing its campaign against street obstructions and illegal parking in areas near cemeteries on November 1.
But MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia clarified that these areas will have to be officially designated by the local government units (LGUs) as temporary parking sites for Filipinos visiting their deceased loved ones on All Saints’ Day.
Also, Garcia said motorists should make sure their vehicles will not obstruct traffic low. “Case-to-case basis; kung ikaw ay nakaharang sa gitna ng kalsada at walang makadaan, puwede kang i-tow kasi obstruction ka na,” Garcia said in an interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday (October 23).
The MMDA, he added, will be meeting with LGUs next week to formulate schemes that will ease vehicular traffic around cemeteries on November 1. They will also identify the designated parking areas. Vehicles parked outside these designated parking areas will be towed.
The suspension of the campaign against illegal parking is a welcome development to millions of Filipinos who are expected to flock to Metro Manila cemeteries for the annual visit to the graves of their departed relatives.
The MMDA and LGUs will also ensure proper coordination so the smooth flow of people going in and out of cemeteries will not be hindered by movement of vehicles.
“Maximum tolerance. Puwedeng in the sense na lifted muna, pero sa vicinity lang ng sementeryo na ia-identify ng LGU,” Garcia said.
The MMDA is now crafting its own traffic management plan for the All Saints’ Day so it will be synced with those of the LGUs.
Garcia also announced that the number coding scheme will not be in effect on November 1.