MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government on Sunday announced they would implement a lockdown which would affect some roads during the conduct of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in November 2017.
DILG officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy, who is also the concurrent chairperson of the ASEAN Committee on Security, Peace and Order, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR), sought for the public’s understanding amid the scheduled lockdown and road closures.
“With less than two weeks before the event, I urge the public to steer clear of said lockdown areas so that they will not be trapped just in case there is a passing a convoy,” Cuy said.
Cuy also advised motorists and land travelers to refrain from passing through the North Luzon Expressway and EDSA as a stop and go scheme would be implemented every time an ASEAN convoy passes through these two major highways.
The DILG said pedestrians and vehicles without ASEAN IDs and decals would be allowed to enter the ASEAN routes provided that they pass through the vehicle and pedestrian security areas.
On days with full lockdown schedule, however, only pedestrians and vehicles with ASEAN IDs and decals would be allowed to pass while the general public would be denied access to these routes.
Cuy also asked the local chief executives of Metro Manila and Central Luzon (Region III) to provide support to the delegates. He requested the local government units to remove unwanted elements on the streets that would create more traffic and display information, education and communication materials that express support for ASEAN.
The acting DILG chief thanked LGUs that responded to the logistical needs of the ASEAN Summit.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte declared November 13 to 15 as special non-working days for Metro Manila, Pampanga and Bulacan.
Here is a list of the lockdown schedules and ASEAN routes which may affect traffic in November.
- November 8 (12:01 a.m. onwards) – Partial lockdown of CCP Complex, Pasay City
- November 11 (10 p.m.) – Complete lockdown of SMX-MAAX Block, Pasay City
- November 12 (12:01 a.m. onwards) – Complete lockdown of CCP Complex, Pasay City
- November 13 (12:01 a.m. onwards) – Total lockdown of Roxas Boulevard starting from Padre Burgos Ave. to Buendia Ave., Manila
- November 13 (12:01 a.m. onwards) – Partial lifting of lockdown at SMX-MAAX Block, Pasay City
- November 13 (12 p.m. onwards) – Lifting of lockdown for Roxas Blvd. (Padre Burgos Ave. to Buendia Ave., Manila)
- November 14 – Continuous lockdown of CCP Complex, Pasay City
- November 15 (12 p.m. onwards) – Partial lifting of lockdown for CCP Complex, Pasay City
— Rosette Adel
Courtesy: The Philippine Star | | Updated October 24, 2017 – 12:00am
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