MMDA pushes week-long class sus­pen­sion for Asean sum­mit

The Philippine Star - - METRO - Robert­zon Ramirez, Em­manuel Tupas

The Metropoli­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMDA) has rec­om­mended a week-long sus­pen­sion of classes in Metro Manila dur­ing the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tion (ASEAN) sum­mit next month.

MMDA spokesper­son Ce­line Pialago said yes­ter­day that they have rec­om­mended to Pres­i­dent Duterte to sus­pend classes on Nov. 13, 14 and 15 dur­ing sum­mit.

The MMDA, through the Metro Manila Coun­cil, ear­lier de­clared the sus­pen­sion of classes in the me­trop­o­lis on Nov. 16 and 17 dur­ing the fi­nal days of the ASEAN sum­mit.

Pialago said the week-long class sus­pen­sion is meant to avoid in­con­ve­nienc­ing stu­dents study­ing in schools along the routes that would be used by Asean del­e­gates to go to sum­mit venues around Metro Manila.

Un­der the MMDA’s “stop and go” traf­fic scheme, routes where Asean del­e­gates will pass will be tem­po­rar­ily closed to traf­fic un­til the last car of the con­voy had passed.

But Pialago clar­i­fied that the MMDA’s rec­om­men­da­tion is only for the class sus­pen­sion and not for the dec­la­ra­tion of a hol­i­day or work sus­pen­sion. She said that it is still upon Duterte’s de­ci­sion whether to sus­pend classes or not.

Dry run

Mean­while, Em­manuel Miro, head of op­er­a­tions of Task Force MMDA-ASEAN, urged mo­torists to avoid sev­eral routes that would be af­fected by the dry run for the con­voy of ASEAN del­e­gates be­tween 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sun­day.

Miro said in an in­ter­view that the dry run will start from Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Pam­panga to Metro Manila.

For this route, he said that the af­fected roads will be Su­bic-Clark-Tar­lac Ex­press­way, North and South Lu­zon Ex­press­ways (NLEX and SLEX) and EDSA.

The con­voy dry run will also be held from Pam­panga to Manila Ho­tel in Manila via SLEX, Sky­way, Buen­dia Ex­ten­sion, Dio­kno Boule­vard and Roxas Boule­vard.

For the con­voy go­ing to Boni­fa­cio Global City in Taguig, the af­fected roads are McKin­ley Street and 5th street to 30th street.

For the con­voy go­ing to The Penin­sula Manila in Makati City, the af­fected roads are Ayala and Makati Av­enues.

From Pam­panga to the Philip­pine In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Pasay City, the con­voy will take Ja­lan­doni, Ar­naiz and V. Sotto streets.

HPG cops to guard del­e­gates

Around 500 mem­bers of the po­lice’s High­way Pa­trol Group will be de­ployed to se­cure the heads of state and other del­e­gates who will at­tend the sum­mit, HPG spokesper­son Se­nior In­spec­tor Jem Del­lanes said yes­ter­day.

Nine po­lice of­fi­cers will se­cure each head of state – five on mo­tor­cy­cles and four in two pa­trol cars.

Del­lanes said they ex­pect 28 heads of state to at­tend the sum­mit.

He said they need ad­di­tional per­son­nel since the HPG only has 1,500 per­son­nel na­tion­wide. –

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