MANILA -- Authorities on Tuesday appealed for the public’s understanding over the traffic congestion caused by road closures in Metro Manila in line with the start of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
“In behalf of APEC 2015 security and organizers, we apologize and ask for the public understanding over the inconvenience they are experiencing,” Philippine National Police spokesperson Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said in Filipino during the APEC Security Task Force press briefing held at One Esplanade, Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City.
Mayor made the remarks as some passengers from Cavite and southern Metro Manila were forced to walk along Roxas Boulevard from Coastal Road to Baclaran to get to their offices in Manila and Makati on Monday.
Both lanes of Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak Drive to NAIA Road were closed since Monday until Friday for the APEC summit.
For his part, PNP-Highway patrol Group head Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao reiterated the call for the public’s understanding of some inconveniences during the APEC summit.
“Security protocol states vehicular traffic must stop to give way for the delegates of the summit. They (APEC delegates) have security own protocols … they are used to a certain amount of security and leniency and flexibility. This is why if you don’t really have to do anything absolutely urgent in these areas, then please don’t go. Though some streets will remain open, there will be road closures whenever there is a movement of delegates,” Gunnacao said.
APEC lanes are designated for the summit’s delegates along EDSA.
However, when a very important person passes through, there will be absolute closures, he told reporters.
Such total road closures will last at least 30 minutes or 45 minutes, he added.
He added that there will be congestion in the volume of the vehicles in the morning or even in the evening.
He noted that they earlier advised the public for some roads to be closed and take alternate routes.
”They (motorists) were stuck in traffic because they did not heed the traffic advisory. Our personnel along with MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) enforcers assisted motorists for them to take the alternate routes,” said Gunnacao.
He added that there will be no change in traffic plans and reminded motorists to expect heavy traffic until Friday, urging them to plan their trip and take alternate routes.
”We don’t expect any changes in traffic plans until Friday so expect this kind of traffic congestion,” he explained.
Since some major roads along Pasay, Makati and Manila will be closed, Gunnacao advised motorists to take alternate routes such as C-5 and some secondary roads for them to be able to reach their destinations. (PNA)
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