IMPORTANT ADVISORY | Avoid lockdown areas during ASEAN summit

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File photo from the final convoy Dry Run for ASEAN VIPs and Delegates at the EDSA. Here, one convoy zips through Kamuning Flyover in Quezon City. PHOTO BY MICHAEL VARCAS, PHIL. STAR

MANILA – Motorists and land travelers were strongly advised by authorities to refrain from passing through the designated lockdown routes in Metro Manila during the conduct of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in November 2017 in order to avoid prolonged traffic standstill in these areas.

Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy, who is also the concurrent chairperson of the ASEAN Committee on Security, Peace and Order, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR), in a statement requested for the public’s cooperation and understanding on the following lockdown schedules and the affected ASEAN lanes:

• November 8 (12:01 AM onwards) – Partial lockdown of CCP Complex, Pasay City
• November 11 (10:00 PM onwards) – Complete lockdown of SMX-MAAX Block, Pasay City
• November 12 (12:01 AM onwards) – Complete lockdown of CCP Complex, Pasay City
• November 13 (12:01 AM onwards) – Total lockdown of Roxas Boulevard starting from
Padre Burgos Ave. to Buendia Ave., Manila
• November 13 (12:01 AM onwards) – Partial lifting of lockdown at SMX-MAAX Block, Pasay City
• November 13 (12:00 NN onwards) – Lifting of lockdown for Roxas Blvd. (Padre Burgos
Ave. to Buendia Ave., Manila)
• November 14 – Continuous lockdown of CCP Complex, Pasay City
• November 15 (12:00 NN onwards) – Partial lifting of lockdown for CCP Complex, Pasay City

During partial lockdown period, pedestrians and vehicles without ASEAN IDs and decals are allowed to enter the above-mentioned routes provided that they pass through the vehicle and pedestrian security areas.

On days with full lockdown schedule, only pedestrians and vehicles with ASEAN IDs and decals will be allowed to pass while the general public will be denied access to these routes.

“With less than two weeks before the event, I urge the public to steer clear of said lockdown areas so that they will not be trapped just in case there is a passing a convoy,” Cuy said Sunday.

Likewise, he strongly advises the general public to refrain from passing through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and EDSA as stop-and-go scheme will be implemented every time an ASEAN convoy passes through these two major highways.

Cuy thanked all local government units (LGUs) that have responded to the call for various logistical needs of the ASEAN Summit.

At the same time, he requested the local chief executives of Metro Manila and Region III to provide support to the ASEAN delegates, remove unwanted elements on the streets that will create more traffic, and display information, education and communication (IEC) materials that express support for ASEAN.

The security and safety preparations for the ASEAN summit is spearheaded by the CSPOEPR, which is composed of 21 member agencies headed by the DILG.