Road closures, alternate routes for APEC summit

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Manila will be closed to motorists from November 16 to 20, as the Philippines hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this month.

About 21 heads of state and their security detail are expected to attend the leaders' summit from November 18 to 19.

Malacañang earlier declared November 18 and 19 as special non-working holidays. Classes have also been suspended in Metro Manila schools from November 17 to 20.  

The government has released road advisories in preparation for the event.

Special APEC Lanes

The two innermost lanes of both the northbound and southbound sides of EDSA, from Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City to Mall of Asia in Pasay City, will be reserved for the exclusive use of APEC delegates from November 16 to 20.

The remaining lanes will be open for non-APEC vehicles.

Road closures


In Manila, the following roads will be closed:











From November 16 to 20, Roxas Boulevard will be fully closed on both the northbound and southbound directions.

At the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex, the following roads will be closed: Bukaneg Street, Vicente Sotto Street, M. Jalandoni Street, Buendia Avenue Extension, and the J.W. Diokno Boulevard Bridge.

Starting 6 am on November 18, the following roads along the area of the Mall of Asia (MOA) will be closed: Diokno corner Seaside Boulevard, EDSA corner Macapagal, Macapagal corner Coral Way, Coral Way corner Seaside Boulevard, Macapagal corner Bradco, and Diokno corner ASEANA.

In Makati, portions of North St., West St., and Parkway Drive in Ayala Center will be closed from November 16 to 19. Meanwhile, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas will be closed from 3 pm to 11 pm on November 16 and 17.

Stop-and-go scheme

From November 15 to 20, a stop-and-go scheme will be implemented along the Magallanes and Skyway/South Luzon Expressway interchanges, parts of Makati, EDSA, and roads around the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Traffic will be stopped to let APEC leaders pass through, and will be allowed to flow after.

Alternate routes

Starting 6 pm on November 18, an alternative traffic plan will be implemented in the MOA area.

Instead of using Roxas Boulevard, motorists may take the following alternate routes:

Truck ban, number coding scheme

From November 16 to 20, trucks will not be allowed to traverse metro roads along the south route from 6 am to 10 pm.

Roxas Boulevard will remain under a 24-hour truck ban on the 4 days of the summit. 

The number coding scheme will remain in effect in Metro Manila. –

 Graphics by Mara Mercado, based on road advisories