MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) advised drivers and commuters to avoid certain major thoroughfares and streets in Metro Manila on Sunday, October 22.
There will be a motor convoy dry run in preparation for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings in November.
The DILG Public Information Office said that the dry run will begin at around 7 am to 8 am “with one convoy leaving every 30 minutes.”
“With 20 convoys, they expect to finish in the afternoon, possibly extending until the evening,” the DILG PIO added.
The convoy, led by the ASEAN Security Task Force (ASTF), is done to troubleshoot the traffic plan on the big days.
It will affect the following roads:
- EDSA southbound lane
- North Luzon Expressway southbound lane
- Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway southbound lane
- South Luzon Expressway Skyway
- Ayala Avenue
- Makati Avenue
- Roxas Boulevard
- JW Diokno Boulevard
- Buendia Extension
- McKinley Street
- 5th to 30th Streets in Taguig
- Jalandoni Street
- Arnaiz Street
- V Sotto Street
“We are seeking the public’s patience and cooperation in the conduct of the 4th ASEAN convoy dry run this Sunday. Please avoid the chokepoints as we want to make certain of the seamless transit and security of our foreign guests,” said ASTF Commander Napoleon Taas said in a statement.
Taas warned drivers not to disrupt and cut the vehicles in the convoy, calling the dry run a “serious matter.”
For the 4th dry run, the ASTF will test 20 scenarios, with all convoys coming from Clark International Airport in Angeles, Pampanga.
The convoys will go to Manila, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City, and Makati City before heading to to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila.
The 5th and final convoy dry run will be carried out on October 29, Sunday. – Rappler.com