Here's What You Need to Know If You're Commuting on Monday
You're probably better off just avoiding Batasang Pambansa.
(SPOT.ph) President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2016 became known for Brillante Mendoza's "artsy" shots, a lot of off-script remarks, and lines that we'll forever remember (i.e. "I assure you, this will be a clean government"). It's now a year later and the leader of the country will be delivering his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, Monday, 3:30 p.m. at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
With the anticipation of thousands of protesters and heavy traffic in the area, classes in all levels, public and private will be suspended on that day. For the rest of us who have to go to work, it'll be one hell of a Monday.
To somehow ease traffic, Metro Manila Development Authority revealed on July 21 the rerouting plan along Commonwealth Avenue and nearby thoroughfares:
- To bypass Commonwealth Avenue (west bound), turn right at Fairlane, then right at Dalia, then left at Chestnut, then straight to Sauyo Road to Mindanao Avenue, to destination (vice versa).
- Motorists from SM Fairview/Robinsons should take Quirino Highway, then go straight to Mindanao Avenue, to destination.
- Fairview/Mindanao Avenue’s rerouting plan will require motorists to turn right at Jordan Plains, then straight to Quirino Highway, to Mindanao Avenue, to destination.
Operations of Metro's rail system will go on as usual. MRT hours are from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. LRT-1's service starts at 4:30 a.m. and ends at 10:15 p.m. for Roosevelt Station and 10 p.m. for Baclaran Station. LRT-2 continues its newly implemented train operating schedule which starts at 4:30 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. for Santolan Station and 10:30 p.m. for Recto Station.