MMDA holds dry run of SEA Games traffic plan

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday afternoon held a dry run of the stop-and-go scheme along major roads in Metro Manila for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The MMDA conducted the traffic simulation exercise along EDSA, Quezon Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, España Boulevard, Roxas Boulevard, Gil Puyat Avenue, Macapagal Boulevard and North Luzon Expressway from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The agency earlier said that the stop-and-go scheme aims to facilitate the fast movement of delegates and convoys of vehicles to and from venues of sporting events.

The MMDA said there is no designated or special lane for the convoy, but the yellow lane along EDSA will be made available for SEA Games delegates when they pass through major thoroughfares.

According to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago, the dry run went well except for some private vehicles that tried to ply the yellow lane during the simulation.

“So, naging problema po natin dito, y’ong mga private vehicles na nakikipagsiksikan din ho sa yellow lane which is nauna na ho nating naging advisory na ang yellow lane po ay ima-maximize para ho sa ating mga convoys,” she said.

This year’s SEA Games will open on November 30 in Bulacan and will close in the New Clark City in Tarlac on December 11.

Around 12,000 athletes and their coaches, 1,000 international media members, 15,000 volunteers, and spectators, among others are expected to participate and watch the games.

It features 56 sports and 530 events in 44 venues. Although these events will be conducted in various parts of Luzon, a bulk of these tournaments will be held in Metro Manila.

Most of the delegates are expected to be billeted in 22 hotels around the metropolis.

Pialago warned motorists to expect delays in traffic in some of the main thoroughfares in Metro Manila during the event.

She also assured that additional traffic law enforcers will be deployed to man chokepoints in Metro Manila.

The agency earlier recommended the suspension of classes in some schools and universities around the venues of sporting events in Metro Manila.

The De La Salle University in Manila and La Salle Benilde have earlier announced the suspension of classes and work from December 2 to 7 in line with the SEA Games while other schools have yet to make any announcement. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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