Rerouting maps for SONA on July 25, 2022. (Photo: MMDA PUBLICLY Information Office/Metrobase)
By Tracy Cabrera
PASIG CITY, METRO MANILA — In preparation for President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 25, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be implementing a traffic rerouting plan to ensure the security of the chief executive and avoid traffic hassles during the event.
MMDA officer-in-charge Baltazar Melgar disclosed that 1,133 personnel from the MMDA’s Traffic Discipline Office (TDO), Road Emergency Group (REG), Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group (SCOG), Flood Control and Metrobase will be deployed along Commonwealth Avenue and other roads leading to and within the vicinity of the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City, where the SONA will be held.
“Personnel assigned are tasked to manage both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, emergency response, clearing operations, assist in crowd control and support the operations of Task Force SONA 2022 as well as the Philippine National Police (PNP), particularly the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Presidential Security Group (PSG) and Quezon City local government to ensure the maintainance of peace and order.
Melgar added that ambulances, tow trucks, fire trucks, mobile patrol units and motorcycle units, will also be deployed at designated routes and staging areas to help out in maintain security and avoid untoward incidents that may happen before, during and after the SONA.
Aside from these security measures, the MMDA will also implement a zipper lane or counterflow on the southbound portion of Commonwealth Avenue to give way to vehicles of government officials and guests going to the Batasan complex as needed.
Also ahead of the SONA, the MMDA Task Force Special Operations and Anti-Colorum Unit, in coordination with the Quezon City government, will intensify its clearing operations in order to remove all types of road obstructions, including illegally-parked vehicles, to ensure that alternate routes are passable.
Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes as heavy traffic along Commonwealth Avenue is expected: northbound (Quezon Memorial Circle to Fairview), vehicles from Elliptical Road should take North Avenue, turn right at Mindanao Avenue then turn right to Sauyo Road or take Quirino Highway, then Commonwealth Avenue to reach their point of destination; and southbound (Fairview to Quezon Memorial Circle) motorists from Commonwealth Avenue should take Sauyo Road or Quirino highway, turn left at Mindanao Avenue, then turn left at North Avenue to reach the point of destination.
Motorists using light vehicles may also opt to take: northbound (Quezon Memorial Circle to Fairview via Marikina), vehicles from Elliptical Road (QMC) should turn right at Maharlika St., turn left at Mayaman St., turn right at Maginhawa St., turn left at C.P. Garcia Avenue, turn right at Katipunan Ave., turn left at A. Bonifacio Ave., go straight to Gen. Luna Ave., turn right at Kambal Rd., turn left at GSIS Road, turn left at Jones St., turn right at Gen. Luna Ave., go straight to A. Mabini St., turn left at Rodriguez Highway, turn left at Payatas Road to reach their destination while those traveling from C5 Road may turn left at Magiting St., turn right at Maginhawa St., turn left at Mayaman St. to Kalayaan Avenue and onwards to their destination.
Meanwhile, all trucks coming from C-5 along Katipunan Avenue will have to take the Luzon Flyover then turn left at Congressional Avenue to reach their destination. (ai/mtvn)