The head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Security Task Force
(ASTF)today appealed to the public for their cooperation and observance of the
traffic scheme laid out by authorities in connection with the staging of the 50th
ASEAN Ministers' Meeting and 50th ASEAN Anniversary from August 2 to 9,2017 at
the Philippine International Convention Center(PICC).
ASTF Commander,Police Director Napoleon Taas, said the traffic plan laid out
by the Metro Manila Development Authority(MMDA)and the local governments of
Manila,Pasay and Makati is meant to ensure the smooth conduct of the activities
with least inconvenience to the general public.
"Public support and understanding is necessary to ensure the success of the
events lined up during those dates,"Taas emphasized.
Taas said the Grand Commemorative Celebration of ASEAN's 50th
Anniversary marked on August 8,2017 will be highlighted by a Parade and
Simultaneous Lighting of ASEAN Landmark at PICC and Bonifacio Global Center
(BGC)wherein around 1,700 ASEAN Foreign Ministers and their spouses,Senior
Officials and Delegates are expected to arrive and participate.
According to Dir. Taas,advisories will be posted in strategic areas as well as
in various media platforms to guide the general public and commuters on the traffic
management plan so they can plan ahead or decide to defer going to areas
surrounding the venues of the events.
Based on the traffic plan, affected areas that will be temporarily closed on
August 8 from 2 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. include the CCP Complex being declared as the
ASEAN Delegates Zone and the stretch along Roxas Boulevard south bound from P.
Burgos St. to Buendia to pave way for the movement and surge of participants
joining the Parade and Landmark Lighting.
Furthermore,a Stop and Go scheme will be activated during the passage of
VIPs along designated delegates' route while normal traffic flow resumes
immediately after the passage of the last convoy element. Passing thru Diokno Blvd.
going to Atang Dela Rama St. is strictly for PICC and Sofitel Delegates only from
August 2 to 8.
Likewise,a total truck ban will be implemented on the said date along Roxas
Blvd. from Buendia Ave. to P. Burgos St. The usual schedule of ban for cargo trucks,
which is from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. every day
except Sundays and holidays, will not be applied on the said date. Affected trucks
may turn right to EDSA, turn left to South Super Highway then proceed to Port area.
The ASTF is determined to strike a balance between intensified security
measures for the ASEAN delegates and minimal inconvenience to the public during
the period.Trained security personnel from ASEAN Security Task Force are
deployed to render duty round the clock to ensure safety and security of meeting
venues,billeting hotels and delegates' routes.Medical teams and ambulances are
positioned in designated posts to provide assistance to the public and security
forces in case of emergencies.Multi-Agency Coordination Center(MACC)was
activated to ensure close inter-agency coordination and facilitate speedy response
as the need arises.
Source: Department of the Interior and Local Government