MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will give free rides to students who will be flocking to the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City this weekend to take the school’s entrance examinations.
The UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) will be given this Saturday (August 4) and Sunday (August 5), and motorists have been warned of heavy traffic in and around the Diliman campus.
There are two pick-up points designated by the MMDA. They are at EDSA-East Avenue, in front of the DILG building; and under the C5-Origas flyover, near the MMDA Rescue Station.
Departure times are 4:30 am, 5:00 am, 5:30 am, and 6:00 a.m.
According to MMDA chair Francis Tolentino, the shuttle service is intended to give UP hopefuls, particularly those coming from nearby provinces such as Rizal and Cavite, quick and convenient access to the Diliman campus.
However, Tolentino advised examinees to come on time as there will only be limited seats per trip.
In reply to jokes that the free rides are “pampering” future UP students, who are known for being keen commuters, MMDA traffic division head Atty. Yves Gonzalez tweeted that “One day, our future President/Chief Justice will give a speech and recall d day he rode an MMDA bus to take the UPCAT. :)”
The UP Diliman campus is only one of several places where the UPCAT will be administered. It will also be given in state-run schools and designated test centers around the country.