By MB Online
The head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – Security Task Force (ASTF) today appealed to the public for their cooperation in complying with the traffic scheme laid out by authorities in connection with the staging of the 50th ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting and 50th ASEAN Anniversary which is ongoing until August 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 the 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 to be marked on August 8, 2017 will be highlighted by a Parade and Simultaneous Lighting of ASEAN Landmark at the 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.
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 which has been declared as the ASEAN Delegates Zone and the stretch along Roxas Boulevard south bound from P. Burgos St. to Buendia to pave the way for the movement and surge of participants joining the Parade and Landmark Lighting.
A Stop and Go scheme will be in place during the conveyance of VIPs along designated routes 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 the 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. A Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) was activated to ensure close inter-agency coordination and facilitate speedy response as the need arises.