If your plate number ends in 1, 2, 9 or 0, you’re in luck, as the MMDA will be suspending the number coding (or “color” coding) scheme these following days, in line with the holiday season:
- Friday, December 24, 2010
- Monday, December 27, 2010
- Friday, December 31, 2010
These days have also been declared by Malacañang as non-working days, in observance of Christmas day and New Year’s day.
You might notice that streets are getting more and more congested as Christmas nears. This can be due to several reasons: Christmas bonuses, the shopping rush, an increased number of visits to relatives, Christmas parties, and the like.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is currently thinking of ways to help ease traffic in the city streets. “Traffic is everybody’s concern. We should look at it holistically rather than limiting our concerns to within one area of jurisdiction only,” says MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, in a meeting with Ortigas center and Ayala Properties representatives.
This is in light of upcoming holiday sales that various malls and shopping districts will be holding in the next few weeks, such as SM Megamall.
The MMDA is suggesting that vehicle flow be synchronized, particularly in the Ayala Avenue area. As for Ortigas, the MMDA proposes carving out loading and unloading docks for AUV shuttles, so that they don’t end up blocking the road while loading or unloading.