No road closure needed for 35th EDSA ‘People Power’ anniversary rites

Published February 23, 2021, 5:37 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sees no need for any road closure on Thursday, Feb. 25 on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the EDSA “People Power” Revolution.


Instead, the MMDA will just open a zipper lane along the eastbound direction of White Plains Avenue in Quezon City Thursday.

“The zipper lane or counterflow scheme will be opened in front of Camp Aguinaldo Gate 5 and will accommodate volume of vehicles going to EDSA,” a traffic advisory from the agency read Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 23.

It said that plastic barriers and traffic cones will be installed to guide motorists on the use of the zipper lane along White Plains and at the sidewalk along EDSA in front of the People Power Monument.

“A simple and short program will be held at the People Power Monument at 8 a.m. but there will be no road closure,” the MMDA noted. 

As part of its traffic management plan in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the local government unit of Quezon City, the MMDA shall deploy traffic marshals to manage traffic flow along White Plains and other areas of concern as early as 4 am.

Road clearing operations will also be conducted to remove illegally-parked vehicles at the areas of concern, including Temple Drive and EDSA Shrine.

“The MMDA shall observe the minimum health protocols set by Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) such as physical distancing, mandatory wearing of face mask and face shield among its personnel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease amid the general community quarantine status in Metro Manila,” the agency further said.