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new Ateneo Grade School traffic and safety scheme

posted at the ateneo website (http://www.ateneo.edu/index.php?p=120&type=2&sec=25&aid=6720). with thanks to Dino who posted the link in this blog. it’s not easy to understand, but this is the scheme that will be implemented.

please post your comments and suggestions on this new traffic and safety scheme here and we will make sure it reaches ateneo admin.



After a two-month effort, the multi-stakeholder committee headed by the VP for Administration and Planning Dr. John Paul Vergara, came out with a comprehensive design which enables an ingress and egress system that utilizes safe passage for students and only curb side drop-off and pick-up.  Parents’ orientations, student walk throughs and driver’s dry run will be conducted.

An attempt to provide the pertinent features of the scheme is included below. This covers the various components of the scheme and to whom this applies to . You may wish toDownload  the vicinity map as a basic guide.

vicinity map

To WHOM does this apply to : ALL STUDENTS

Fundamental to the scheme is the reduction of vehicles at a given dismissal time.  A revised dismissal schedule now enables this ( Download a copy of the new Dismissal Schedules)


To WHOM does this apply to : ALL STUDENTS who go to their cars instead of wait to be picked up. To commuters

Another pertinent feature of the new scheme is the designation of pedestrian safety passages. (Download  a copy of the Pedestrian Walkpaths Map ) Evidently the principle behind this provision is to ascertain the safety of students regardless of whether they will be picked up at designated pick-up areas or whether they will go to their parked vehicles during dismissal time. The same safety consideration enables commuters to walk to leave the campus by passing through pedestrian paths.



To WHOM does this apply to :Drivers of all students

With the new scheme comes a rerouting of vehicles. Essentially, this rerouting will enable the vehicles to enter the inner driveway- an area that was once inaccessible  except during rains and the Irwin Theatre Curbside Area  .  Vehicles entering Gate 3 may still access the AGS via Masterson’s Drive or the  service road at Erunchun Footbal Field , facing Katipunan  Road . ( Download a copy of  the Drivers Route Map ).


To WHOM does this apply to : School Vehicle Riders and Drivers


In an effort to encourage the students to avail of school service vehicles, school service providers are provided with special parking spaces ( indicated in  the map as SP ) . This will enable the students to wait for the fetchers at a holding area located at the old prep.   (Download a copy of map showing the exit route of the students who take the school service )

exit route for students who take the school service

To WHOM does this apply to : All Prep and Grade 1 Students


Being the youngest among the AGS students, the Prep and Grade 1 students will continue to be accompanied by their teachers to designated waiting areas where fetchers will pick them up. Prep students will be picked up their fetchers at the old Prep Area . Grade 1 students will be picked up at the  Irwin Theatre Area. The inner driveway continues to be accessible to  the students and fetchers waiting for their vehicles. ( Download a copy of  the map showing the pick up routes of Prep and Grade 1 Students

pick up routes of prep and grade 1 students


To WHOM does this apply to : Drivers of Prep and Grade 1 students


Parking spaces will be made exclusive 1 hour before the dismissal time of PREP and GRADE 1 Students. For Prep, the Parking area is located at the Southwest Carpark for Grade 1, the space is at P7. Drivers are asked to display a duplicate of  the fetchers pass at the windshield of their cars for proper identification.


To WHOM does this apply to :Grade 2-7 students and their drivers


Although the grades 2-7 students will be coming from different areas during dismissal.  There are designated curbside areas where their vehicles  can drive and pick them up . ( Download a copy of the drive and Curbside loading of Grade 2-7 )


Because it is important  to gather valuable information about the effectiveness of  the new scheme,  we are banking on your utmost cooperation and compliance.  You and your drivers are enjoined to go through the Traffic Guidelines since the plan will be implemented soon as classes begin on June 8.

However, be assured that although, security and traffic personnel will enforce rules and call the attention of violators( for purposes of driver education and data gathering ) no sanction will yet be imposed until June 30 . We are in the process of recruiting parent volunteers who wish to serve as traffic and safety marshalls . Those of you who are interested my get in touch with Asst Headmaster for Student Affairs Jonny Salvador at jsalvador@ateneo.edu

We invite you to continue to partner with us in the service of a safe and secure school.


please post your comments and suggestions on this new traffic and safety scheme here and we will make sure it reaches ateneo admin.

  1. west
    May 28, 2009 at 10:11 am

    what has been changed? it does not look like any major change has been done in the traffic scheme at the AGS.

    the most major change is the staggered dismissal time but no real changes were done at the parking lot itself.

    and why are the teachers’ parking still there?

    they worked for 2 months and no substantial change has been done. what about the safety of our sons?

  2. malou
    May 28, 2009 at 10:18 am

    no changes have been done at that spot where amiel died. am i reading this right?

    so what has been done to prevent another accident from happening again?

  3. dra. solis
    May 28, 2009 at 10:48 am

    ateneo admin did not at all take in the suggestions from the parents!

    • Joji Caniones
      May 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

      I share the same observation! Was this “supposedly” new traffic scheme studied and made by a professional traffic management planner? Let’s stop experimenting PLEASE! Every year, we always receive new traffic scheme…..

      Until when may we expect volunteers to act as marshalls?! Can’t Ateneo allocate funds to pay for regular/permanent marshalls?

      • May 28, 2009 at 6:48 pm

        no “professional traffic management group” was consulted. this is a plan authored just by mr. jp vergara.

  4. roberto mariles
    May 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    i agree with all of your observations. i am shocked by the inaction of ateneo on this matter. they disrespected the death of amiel alcantara and the sentiments of all parents.

    we should all make our sentiments known to ateneo admin.

    this is not a good example of “the ateneo way”

  5. mayen
    May 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    we pay so much tuition and this is all they do for the safety of our sons? they practically did not change anything in that parking lot.

    its apalling that amiel already died and they react this way. don’t they get the pain and the fear parents feel?

  6. vince
    June 2, 2009 at 3:25 am

    they should go back to the traffic scheme they had back in the 80’s the kids didn’t have to set foot on the road since there was a waiting shed where cars would just pass and stop to pick up or drop off the kids.

    the parking area in front of the lee irwin theatre (where all the cars are bunched up together) is a death trap. kids would have to manage their way out of the double parked vehicles.

    • June 2, 2009 at 10:44 am

      now, thats a revelation that it used to be that way before.

      yes, it is safest when kids are picked up at the curbside and do not need to walk to their cars.

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