MMDA releases alternate routes for SONA 2021

Updated Jul 26, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Traffic Updates

Expect heavy traffic along Commonwealth Ave. and the vicinity of Batasang Pambansa Complex.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is all set for President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA), happening today. The agency advised motorists to expect heavy traffic along Commonwealth Avenue and the vicinity of Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.

President Rodrigo Duterte SONA

President Rodrigo Duterte


As such, the MMDA is said to deploy 1,360 personnel to guide the motorists on the rerouting scheme it has implemented along Commonwealth Avenue. MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos has assigned traffic enforces, motorcycle patrol units, road emergency group personnel, as well as sidewalk clearing operations group to ensure that SONA 2021 will be as smooth as possible.

Abalos added that the MMDA is coordinating with the Presidential Security Group, Quezon City Police District, and Department of Public Order and Safety to “ensure a peaceful and orderly SONA.”

Commonwealth Avenue near Batasan

Commonwealth Avenue

With the expected heavy traffic during SONA 2021, the MMDA is advising motorists to take alternate routes along Commonwealth Avenue and the vicinity of the Batasang Pambansa Complex. Here are the alternate routes: 

NORTHBOUND (Quezon Memorial Circle to Fairview): From Elliptical Road (QMC), take North Avenue, Mindanao Ave., Quirino Highway, Commonwealth Ave, to destination

SOUTHBOUND (Fairview to Quezon Memorial Circle): From Elliptical Road (QMC), take Commonwealth Avenue, Quirino Highway, Mindanao Avenue, North Avenue to destination

Motorists may also opt to take:

For LIGHT VEHICLES (Northbound: QMC to Fairview) via Marikina:

From Elliptical Road (QMC), turn right Maharlika, turn left Mayaman, turn right Maginhawa, turn left C.P. Garcia, turn right Katipunan Ave., turn left A. Bonifacio Ave., straight to Gen. Luna Ave., turn right Kambal Road, turn left GSIS Road, turn left Jones St., turn right Gen. Luna Ave., straight to A. Mabini St., turn left Rodriguez Highway, turn left Payatas Road to destination.


C-5 left turn to Magiting, right turn to Maginhawa, left to Mayaman, Kalayaan to destination.


Katipunan/C-5, C-5/Luzon, Congressional Ave. to destination.

In addition, the MMDA will open zipper lanes or allow counterflow of vehicles along Commonwealth Avenue at the U.P. Techno Hub and Tandang Sora to accommodate the volume of vehicles on the northbound lane. 

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Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar


Martin is a BA Literature graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before being the Content Editor of Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.



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