Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Autoindustriya.com Team, MMDA | posted November 09, 2015 10:55
APEC delegates to have 30-minute exclusive access to EDSA
Aside from having two exclusive lanes on EDSA from Mandaluyong to Pasay and vice-versa, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit delegates will also have the metro’s premiere artery all to themselves for 30 minutes during their transit time from November 17 to 20, 2015.
This, according Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, is to ensure the security and safety of the 21 heads of state attending the summit.
“The full closure is needed because our visitors have protocols in their security. They are used to a certain amount of security, leniency and flexibility,” said Almendras.
Convoy schedules may vary, depending on the summit agenda, so the length of the EDSA closure may last for at least 30 minutes each time.
This is the reason why motorists are being requested to avoid EDSA and other affected roads during this time.
If travel is unavoidable, motorists should use the Mabuhay Lanes that have been opened and cleared by the MMDA.
Roads to the airport, in the meantime, will remain open for people with flights to and from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals.
Aurora Boulevard, coming from EDSA, Andrews Avenue and the South Luzon Expressway, will be accessible for passengers, whether they are using their own vehicles or using public transportation.
Contrary to popular notion, there will still be flights between November 16 to 20 but due to the APEC Summit, these may be delayed, diverted or in worst cases, cancelled.
“Periodic runway closures will be in place as the aircraft of the heads of state arrive and leave Manila. As such, passengers are advised to fly ahead or after the Apec Summit,” the MIAA said.