METRO MANILA, February 13, 2004
 (STAR) By Evelyn Macairan - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said yesterday it would beef up traffic monitoring for the Valentine’s weekend even as it warned motorists and commuters to brace themselves for heavy traffic.

Director Angelito Vergel de Dios, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority-Traffic Operations Center (MMDA-TOC), said they would be sending additional units to monitor roads leading to hotels; restaurants, concert venues; shopping centers, some of which will hold mallwide sales; and motels in Sta. Mesa and other short-time lodges in the cities of Pasig and Pasay. Vergel de Dios said this has been an annual routine for the agency.

"We are prepared for these kind of occasions and we have already identified areas where traffic would be heavy," he said. "Our advice to the public is that they enjoy the day without becoming an obstruction to the flow of traffic." Vergel de Dios also admitted that the parking space inside motels might not be enough to accommodate all their clients. Some would opt to wait in their cars outside the premises, thereby restricting the flow of traffic.

The MMDA director said augmentation personnel would be dispatched in areas, where heavy traffic is monitored. "We will send motorcycle units — our troubleshooters to take care of illegally parked vehicles and untangle traffic jams."

Traffic re-routed for kiss fest The Philippine Star 02/13/2004

The northbound lane of Roxas Boulevard from T.M. Kalaw street to President Quirino Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic tomorrow starting at 1 p.m., and both north and southbound lanes will be closed to vehicular traffic from P. Ocampo street to T.M. Kalaw starting at 7 p.m.

The closure of Roxas Boulevard will be in effect until after midnight for the LOVAPALOOZA kiss fest organized by the City of Manila and Close-Up toothpaste. Northbound vehicles along Roxas Boulevard coming from Cavite have to turn right upon reaching Quirino, left to Mabini street or Taft Avenue to their point of destination.

The southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard will be open to vehicular traffic until 7 p.m., after which vehicles coming from A. Bonifacio Drive/Port Area will have to turn left to P. Burgos street, right to Ma. Orosa street., right to T.M. Kalaw, left at M.H. Del Pilar street to their point of destination, or turn left at Burgos, straight to Finance Road and right at Taft to their point of destination.

Southbound vehicles coming from Quezon Bridge, Jones Bridge and McArthur Bridge shall go straight to Taft Avenue to their point of destination. Southbound vehicles coming from Intramuros shall take Gen. Luna street to Palacio street, straight to Ma. Orosa street, right to T.M. Kalaw street, left to M.H. Del Pilar street to their point of destination. Cargo trucks, trailers and vans coming from Ayala Boulevard and Manila City Hall area will be allowed to proceed to the Port Area via P. Burgos and A. Bonifacio.

Southbound vehicles going to Manila from Osmeña Highway are advised to turn left to Quirino then right to Taft to point of destination, or turn right to Quirino, left to Nagtahan, straight to A.H. Lacson Avenue to their point of destination.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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