THE Land Transportation Office-National Capital Region-West is bracing for the influx of thousands of motorists returning to Metro Manila following their observance of the traditional All Saints’ Day or Undas, LTO-NCR-West Director Roque “Rox” Verzosa III said Tuesday.
He added that as of noon Tuesday (Nov. 1, 2022), they had not received reports of any untoward incidents (vehicular accidents) involving motorists during the observance of the public holiday.
Verzosa also advised motorists to expect longer traffic queues and more people on the road late Tuesday evening and Wednesday.
“Inaasahan namin ang pagdagsa hindi lamang ng mga motorista pati na rin ng mas maraming bilang ng pasahero at kami namam ay nakahanda diyan,” Versoza said.
Versoza said as early as last week, LTO-NCR-West personnel has been “all hands on deck” for Oplan Undas and Oplan Isnabero 2022 as more Filipinos participated in this yearly tradition after two years of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The LTO-NCR-West, to recall, was placed on heightened alert status from October 27 to November 4, to guarantee road safety for thousands of commuters and motorists traveling to and from provinces.
“Hangad po namin ang kaligtasan ng lahat ng ating mga mananakay kaya as early last week nag-deploy po tayo ng mga traffic enforcers, pulis at mga force multipliers para suriin kung roadworthy ba ang pampublikong mga sasakyan at kung wasto ba ang kanilang mga prangkisa para masawata ang mga colorum na units,” Versoza said.
“At para masiguro na mapaglilingkuran namin ng lubos ating mga kababayan, ang lahat ng aming mga empleyado ay parte ng Oplan Undas dahil ipinagbawal po ang pag-file ng leave,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Versoza said LTO-NCR-West personnel were deployed at the Manila North Cemetery on Monday (Oct. 31) to assist in the flow of traffic within the area as part of Oplan Undas 2022.
“Hangad po namin na makapaglingkod ng lubos sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.
The program to assist commuters is with the guidance and strict instruction of LTO chief Teofilo Guadiz III and DOTr (Department of Transportation) Secretary Jaime J. Bautista.