MANILA — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Wednesday it would test on Nov. 14 a traffic plan for ferrying Southeast Asian Games delegates to and from hotels and the venue of the opening ceremonies in Bulacan.
During the 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. simulation on Thursday, traffic will be temporarily stopped as convoys pass along major roads EDSA, Taft Avenue, Macapagal Boulevard, Quirino Avenue, Mindanao Avenue, North Avenue, Magallanes and Roxas Boulevard, and the South and North Luzon expressways, said the MMDA.
"Ang simulation bukas would be less inconvenient para sa ating mga motorista, hindi po natin sila sobrang gagambalain kagaya ho ng kanilang pangamba na magiging sobrang traffic po bukas,” said MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago.
(The simulation will be less inconvenient for our motorists. We will not inconvenience them too much, contrary to their concern that traffic will be heavy.)
The SEA Games opening ceremonies will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, north of the capital, on Nov. 30.
However, several other events like elimination rounds and a sendoff of athletes will be held starting Nov. 23 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
Both located near the sports complex, the De La Salle University and the De La Salle College of St. Benilde suspended classes from Dec. 2 to 6 to avoid traffic gridlocks.
The MMDA also recommended class suspension for 5 other schools near the Rizal Memorial Stadium, including St. Scholastica’s College, Arellano Law School, Wesleyan College, St. Paul College in Pasig, and Poveda.
Many students in these schools have their own cars that could contribute to heavy traffic flow, said Pialago.
Some 27,000 police officers will, meanwhile, guard the SEA Games events, hotels and routes in Metro Manila and neighboring Pampanga, Zambales, La Union, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Batangas provinces, said national police spokesperson Police Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac.
Police have not monitored any security threat against the biennial sports competition, but was expecting heavy traffic during the event, he said.
This is the fourth time the Philippines will host the regional event.