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MMDA backs 3-digit coding scheme

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has expressed support to the proposal for a three-digit number coding scheme for the holidays to help ease traffic congestion, citing that the scheme can achieve a reduction of 30 to 40 percent in the volume of vehicles.

MMDA officer in charge Tim Orbos said he will present the proposal of House Minority Leader Representative Danilo Suarez for a three-digit number coding scheme to the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) under Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Metro Manila Council (MMC), the governing and policy making body of the MMDA.

The next MMC meeting, to be attended by Metro Manila mayors, is set on Thursday.

“Anything that could reduce traffic, we will support,” said Orbos, I-ACT member official.

Orbos said the proposed three-digit number coding scheme could lessen the number of vehicles plying the Metro Manila streets by 30 to 40 percent daily.

In his proposal, Suarez said the Department of Transportation can temporarily implement new three-digit coding scheme from Mondays to Fridays while the existing two-digit scheme be enforced during weekends in anticipation of the holiday traffic.

The House minority leader is also asking for the scheme to be after the holiday period or until the end of the Three Kings Day celebration and revert to the enforcement of two-digit number coding scheme. (ANNA LIZA ALAVAREN)