Full Blast Traffic and Security Preparations for the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

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

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