MMDA asks for patience
for heavy traffic during holiday rush
By C. Lloyd T.
MANILA, Dec. 18 (PNA) -- With the worsening traffic condition in the
metropolis due to Christmas rush, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
(MMDA) Chairman Emerson Carlos appealed to motorists to be more patient.
He attributed the bad traffic situation in major thoroughfares to the high
volume of vehicles going to shopping malls and other commercial
establishments located along EDSA.
The agency expects the traffic situation to get worse as Christmas draws
nearer, as Carlos advised motorists that traffic will most likely be the
heaviest on Dec. 18, the last Friday before Christmas, and Dec. 23
(Wednesday), the time people are expected to do last-minute Christmas
Earlier, Carlos and 15 mall operators signed a manifesto of support for
adjusting mall operating hours to minimize traffic in Metro Manila during
Both agreed to operate their respective establishments from 10 a.m. to 11
p.m., starting Dec. 1, 2015 until Jan. 3, 2016.
Among those who agreed to extend their operating time include Robinsons
malls, SM Malls, Ayala Malls, Shangri-La Plaza, Farmers Plaza, Gateway Mall,
Greenfield Development Corp., Eastwood City, The Podium, Eton Centris and
Walter Mart malls.
At present, shopping malls open at 10 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“This has been a yearly practice for us to sign this agreement in order to
ease vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the holiday season,” Carlos
said as he lauded the cooperation of the mall operators.
Under the same manifesto, mall owners will be coordinating with the MMDA
during special events like promotions, earthquake drills and sale.
One of the mall operators said that in instances like concerts and the New
Year’s countdown, malls will be closing beyond 11 p.m.
Carlos reminded the mall operators to provide MMDA with the schedule of
these special events for the agency to make an adjustment of the traffic
management in their respective areas.
The MMDA noted that traffic volume usually rises 15 to 20 percent between
November and December. (PNA)