(UPDATE2) Most classes in the National Capital Region will be suspended on Monday, October 14, as heavy traffic is anticipated for Iglesia ni Cristo's medical and dental mission in Metro Manila.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro has suspended elementary and high school (public and private) classes in the following areas, as announced by Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino:
1. Manila (including college level)
2. Malabon (including college level)
3. Marikina (including college level)
4. Quezon City
13. San Juan
17. Las Pinas
Around 1.6 million participants are expected to join Iglesia's "Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko Lingap sa Mamamayan" project and authorities believe there is a "potential heavy traffic that may result from Manila-wide medical-dental mission."
Meanwhile, MMDA said number coding will still be in effect. However, it urged motorists to avoid these areas which are expected to have heavy traffic.
"MMDA Urges motorists to avoid Manila, Nagtahan Area, Quiapo, Roxas blvd, CM Recto, Plaza Lawton, Osmeña Hway, España blvd, Buendia - Edsa Magallanes, due to planned Iglesia Ni Cristo Religious Activity," it said in its Twitter page.
Alternative routes are:
"FROM MANILA TO QUEZON CITY:
Take Taft ave, right or left turn at UN Ave., left turn to Otis, left turn to Nagtahan to destination.
FROM QUEZON CITY TO MANILA:
1. Take Espana, right to Lacson, Tayuman left turn to Jose Abad Santos, Regin Regente, Juan Luna,
Plaza Cervantes, Jones Bridge, P Burgos to destination.
2. Take Espana, left turn to Lacson, Nagtahan, right to Otis, right to UN Ave to destination.
Rizal ave., right to Tayuman, left to Jose Abad Santos , Regin Regente,
Juan Luna, Plaza Cervantes, Jones Bridge to destination.
FROM LUNETA TO CALOOCAN:
Take Jones Bridge, Quintin Paredes, Regina Regente, Jose Abad Santos, Rizal Ave to destination.
FROM DIVISORIA TO CUBAO VIA RAMON MAGSAYSAY BLVD:
Take CM Recto, left turn to Jose Abad Santos, right turn to Tayuman, Lacson,
right to Earnshaw, left at Legarda, to Legarda-Nagtahan flyover to destination.
FROM CUBAO TO DIVISORIA:
Take Ramon Magsaysay Blvd, Nagtahan flyover, Legarda, right at Earnshaw, left at Lacson. Tayuman,
left to Jose Abad Santos, left to destination.
FROM DIVISORIA TO CUBAO:
Take CM Recto, left at Jose Abad Santos, right at Tayuman, Lacson, right to Earnshaw, left at Legarda,
Nagtahan flyover to destination."