Starting May 18, in time with the school opening on June 1, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will repaint all faded pedestrian lanes in at least 200 schools in the metropolis.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the project is aimed to ensure the safety of the students and instill discipline among them.
“This is our contribution to the Department of Education’s annual Balik-Eskwela program. Students should use pedestrian lanes to avoid accidents caused by jaywalking,” Tolentino said.
Every year, at least 1,300 pedestrian lanes all over Metro Manila are repainted by MMDA with reflectorized thermoplastic materials that do not fade easily and reflect at nighttime.
Further, additional “Walang Tawiran Dito” signages will be placed on accident-prone areas to deter jaywalkers.
The project will be undertaken by the agency’s Traffic Engineering Center (TEC) and Metro Parkways Clearing Group.
Tolentino said that TEC studies showed jaywalking along the major thoroughfares and streets is one of the contributory factors to the traffic problems and road accidents in Metro Manila.