No suspension of number coding during ASEAN Summit — MMDA » Manila Bulletin News



By Anna Liza Villas

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said the number coding scheme will be in effect on November 13 to 17 to limit the volume of vehicles traversing the metropolis during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit happening this month.

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This is despite the declaration of special nonworking holidays in Metro Manila on November 13 to 15 and suspension of classes in private and public schools on November 16 and 17.

“There is no lifting of number coding primarily because we want to minimize the cars plying on the roads on those dates,” said Edison “Bong” Nebrija, MMDA operations supervisor, during the agency’s radio program over DZBB.

Nebrija also encouraged the public to take advantage of the holiday to help them manage traffic situation when foreign delegates start arriving for the summit.

“There will be a lockdown so we advise motorists, if they avoid the affected areas, to look for alternative roads because we do not know the intervals of the convoy,” said Nebrija.

He said more than 3,000 MMDA personnel, composed of traffic enforcers and road and rescue emergency teams, will be deployed during the summit that would affect major thoroughfares from Clark in Pampanga going to southern parts of the metropolis.

Some of these personnel have been oriented on the traffic preparations for the safety and swift passage of the convoys carrying the delegates.

From November 11 to 15, a major portion of Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic whenever the convoys of the 22 foreign leaders pass along the major thoroughfare.

“Motorists should expect closure of EDSA-southbound from Nov. 11 to 13 and EDSA-northbound from Nov. 14 to 15 at certain periods of the days,” said Emmanuel Miro, head of operations of MMDA’s Taskforce ASEAN.

Two inner lanes have been designated as ASAEN lanes on both sides of EDSA from Balintawak to Magallanes Avenue but the thoroughfare should be cleared of vehicles whenever convoys traverse, Miro said.

“We predict a five- to 10-minute closure on Edsa and other major thoroughfares whenever convoys, with a speed of 80 to 100 kilometer per hour speed, would traverse,” Miro said.

According to Miro, foreign leaders would start arriving on November 11 but deployment of traffic enforcers would start as early as November 9.

“EDSA will be manned by traffic enforcers 100 meters apart while intersections will be manned along with Highway Patrol Group members,” said Miro, citing that priority chokepoints are areas in Muñoz, Balintawak and in the southern parts of the metropolis.

Plastic barriers will be lined up along Edsa and other major roads leading to hotels in Pasay, Makati and Taguig; and the Cultural Center of the Philippines during the summit dates.

Instead of EDSA, he also urged affected motorists to use C5 Road and designated Mabuhay lanes in going to their destinations.

“We advise them to divert to alternative roads to avoid delays in their travel time,” Miro said.

The affected routes for the ASEAN are: Clark Complex in Pampanga; along SCTEX from Clark to NLEX; along NLEX from (SCTEX to Balintawak); along EDSA from Balintawak to Magallanes; along Diokno from Entertainment City to Buendia; along Ayala Avenue from EDSA to Makati Avenue; along Makati Avenue (Ayala to Pasay Road); along Pasay Road from EDSA to Amorsolo; along Lawton from 5th Avenue to 30th Avenue; and along McKinley Road from EDSA to 15th Avenue.

Several areas in the southern part of the metropolis will be on lockdown during the Asean Summit, including SMX Convention Center in Pasay City; entire complex of the Cultural Center of the Philippines; Roxas Boulevard from Buendia to P. Burgos.

During the actual ASEAN summit, all trucks and closed vans are not allowed to traverse along SCTEX, NLEX, from Clark to Balintawak and along EDSA from Balintawak to Magallanes)

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