Tuesday, November 3, 2015

MMDA release traffic plans, rerouting schemes for APEC 2015 Forum

As you should already know by now - since you've probably planned an extended holiday around it - the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 Forum will be held in Metro Manila from November 18 to 19. With the heads of states and delegates from 21 countries expected to descend into the metro on the days leading to and just after the forum, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has released its traffic plans and rerouting schemes which will take effect, depending on the location, from November 16 to 20.

Some of the plans are drastic and may already worsen the traffic situation in Metro Manila, which is probably why the government decided to declare the dates of the actual APEC Forum as holidays. Still, the private sector will not be spared on the days just before and right after the annual conference so I suggest you take note of the plans the MMDA has rolled out. This includes designating the inner lanes of EDSA as exclusive to to APEC vehicles, closing some of the roads around the Cultural Center of the Philippines to traffic, and the implementation of a stop-and-go scheme along sections of EDSA, Roxas Boulevard, Skyway, South Luzon Expressway, and the roads around the Ninoy Aquino International Airport whenever a head of state will pass by the area.

Keep the following advisories in mind in case you need to travel around the metro during the APEC meet:










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