By Chito Chavez
Millions of vacationers started to troop back to Metro Manila on Sunday after the Lenten Season break as traffic flow started to become heavy, especially in areas near bus terminals, airports and seaports.
At the bus terminals on EDSA Cubao in Quezon City, there were traffic build-ups in long stretches of the roadway as buses from the provinces started arriving.
The situation was further aggravated as taxi services slowly moved in, and maneuvered their way through the terminal area to get passengers.
Most of the passengers at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal came from the Bicol region and the Samar provinces.
Traffic authorities said that traffic congestion will likely remain Monday as more vacationers return to Metro Manila after the Lenten season break.
With the vacationers coming back to Metro Manila, Quezon City officials appealed to the motorists and travelers to avoid throwing plastic cups, sandwich and candy wrappers and the like on the streets as they may find their way to the drainage systems that may eventually cause heavy flooding.
With the crowded bus terminals, Joselito Cabungcal chief of the Quezon City Engineering Department (QCED) said his men and the cleaning brigades of the city’s affected barangays have retrieved tons of discards and wastes disposed by the passengers.
“Pakiusap naman po sa mga motorists na wag napo tayong magtapon ng kalat sa kalye lalong lalo na sa ganitong nag-uuulan dahil ito po ang nagiging sanhi ng pagbabara n gating inlets at drainage mains (I appeal to the motorists not to throw their wastes on the streets as they may end up clogging the inlets and drainage system when it rains),’’ Cabungcal said.