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Metro Manila malls to extend hours to avoid worsening holiday traffic

MANILA, Philippines – To avoid worsening the expected heavy traffic in Metro Manila during the holidays, several malls will be extending their operating hours starting next month.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it signed a manifesto of support with 15 mall operators to adjust their operating hours from 10 am to 11 pm, starting December 1, 2015 until January 3, 2016.

“This has been a yearly practice for us to sign this agreement in order to ease vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the holiday season,” MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos said.

Mall owners will also be coordinating with the MMDA during special events, such as concerts, promotions, and sales.

This will allow the agency to adjust traffic management around the mall areas, Carlos said. Rappler.com