MMDA asks public to cooperate with traffic schemes for SEA Games

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2019   •   197

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday called on the public to cooperate with all the traffic schemes to be implemented for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in various parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila.

Among the traffic schemes that the MMDA will enforce for SEA Games will be the traffic-and-go scheme along EDSA and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, billeting hotels, sporting venues and other areas of game engagements to allow convoys of delegates, sports officials, athletes, spectators and other guests to pass through.

In a statement, MMDA chairman Danilo Lim asked for the public’s cooperation to give way to the convoys.

“We are on track with our traffic preparations. We ask for motorists’ and commuters’ cooperation in giving way to the convoys of the athletes and delegates participating in the event our country is hosting,” Lim said.

The agency also earlier announced that no dedicated lanes will be assigned for the SEA Games delegates.

Convoy carrying delegates will use the yellow lane, flyover and underpasses while traveling along EDSA.

“Occasional traffic disruption and temporary stops are expected on roads and intersections where convoys would pass,” Lim said.

The MMDA said it will deploy 2,000 traffic personnel in key areas in the metropolis to help manage traffic flow with 122 to be deployed every 100 meters along EDSA.

“A no-day off, no absent policy will be enforced among assigned traffic enforcers from November 30 to December 11,” said Lim.

Days before the event, the MMDA said that arriving delegates will travel from the airport in Pasay City to their billeting hotels in cities of Manila, Pasig, Makati, Pasay, Mandaluyong and Quezon City in Metro Manila areas in Central and Southern Luzon; and from the airport to the regional venues in Clark, Subic, and Southern Luzon.

The SEA Games opening ceremonies will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on November 30, Saturday.

On this day, delegates are expected to travel from Metro Manila to Philippine Arena in the afternoon. Point-to-point buses have been designated to transport spectators and guests to the Philippine arena to avoid traffic congestion.

The MMDA and Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit said the following roads will be closed from 12:01 am on Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

• Along Adriatico – from Pres Quirino to P. Ocampo (both bound directions)

• Along P. Ocampo – from Taft Ave. to Adriatico (westbound direction only)

Authorities advised motorists to use the following alternate routes:

• All vehicles coming from Taft Ave going westbound lane of Pres. Quirino intending to left turn Adriatico St. shall go straight to Roxas Blvd or Mabini St. to point of destination.

• All vehicles coming from Taft Ave intended to use westbound lane of P. Ocampo shall use Menlo St. then Donada to destination.

• All vehicles coming from Roxas or FB Harrison utilizing eastbound lane of P. Ocampo intending to utilize Adriatico St. shall go straight to Taft Ave to point of destination.

• All vehicles coming from Roxas or FB Harrison utilizing eastbound lane of Pres. Quirino intending to utilize Adriatico St. shall go straight to Taft Ave to point of destination.

The MMDA also advised the public to expect delays on roads toward the sports and non-sports venues within Metro Manila: Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Cuneta Astrodome, SM Mall of Asia Arena, SM MOA Skating Rink, World Trade Center, Philippine International Convention Center Forum, SM Megamall, Filoil Flying V Centre, Filinvest City, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Gym, Marine Corps, Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Starmall EDSA, Makati Coliseum, Manila Hotel tent, SM Megamall Ice Rink, World Trade Center, Philsports Arena, Amoranto Sports Complex,  and Manila Polo Club.

The closing ceremonies of SEA Games will be held at the Athletics Stadium at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

30th SEA Games ends with festivities, concert

Maris Federez   •   December 12, 2019

Fireworks light up the sky during the closing ceremony of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019 at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium near Capas, Philippines, 11 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

With colorful fireworks displays, the parade of athletes from the 11 countries from Southeast Asia and the concert treat from Arnel Pineda and the Black Eyed Peas, the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games came to an end on Wednesday (December 11).

With the festivities, the SEA Games committee officially ended the 56 sports and over 500 events of the biennial meet.

The Philippines was hailed the Overall Champion after bagging 386 medals, with 149 gold, 118 silver, and 119 bronze.

Filipino surfer Roger Casugay was conferred with Fair Play Athlete award after his heroic act of saving fellow surfer from Indonesia during their competition.

“We didn’t allow the glitter of the gold to blind us. Hindi po tayo nabulag sa ginto. When an athlete’s life was at risk, it was clear to Roger what was more important than the gold,” PHISGOC Chairman House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano proudly said during his speech.

Male Mega Athlete was awarded to swimmer Zheng Wen of Singapore, while Female Mega Athlete was given to Thi Anh Vien Nguyen of Viet Nam.

The official handover of the SEA Games Flag to Viet Nam who will host the event in 2021 was also the highlight of Wednesday’s closing ceremony. — (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

MMDA to implement road closures for 2019 MMFF Parade

Robie de Guzman   •   December 12, 2019

(FILE) Filipino fans wave to celebrities of Philippine movies standing atop a float during the annual parade of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) on Roxas Boulevard, Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, 23 December 2015. MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advises motorists to avoid traversing parts of Taguig City on Sunday, December 22 due to anticipated heavy traffic in line with the conduct of Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Parade of Stars.

The MMFF parade which will feature floats carrying celebrities of official movie entries will be held from 12 noon to 7 p.m.

This will go through the following routes: from Lakeshore C6, right turn to M.L Quezon Avenue, left turn to MRT Avenue then right turn to Cuasay, right turn to CP Garcia (C5) Service Road, then left turn to Upper Mckinely Road, right turn to Lawton Avenue-5th Street, right turn again to McKinley Parkway, left turn to 32nd street, left turn to 7th Avenue, right to 26th Avenue, left turn to 5th Avenue, right turn to LeGrand Avenue and Chateau Road.

The MMDA also said that road closures will be implemented in the following areas:

  • Along ML Quezon Avenue (Dr. A. Santos to MRT)
  • Along MRT (from ML Quezon to Cuasay)
  • Along Cuasay (from MRT to C5)
  • C5 Service Road cor. Cayetano Boulevard

Counterflow vehicles will be allowed in the following areas:

  • Along Upper McKinely Road from C5 to Lawton Avenue
  • Lawton-5th Street from Upper McKinley to McKinley Parkway
  • Along 32nd Avenue from McKinley Parkway to 7th Avenue

A stop-and-go scheme will be implemented in the following roads:

  • C-5 road – Upper Mckinley
  • C-5 Service Road – Sampaguita bridge
  • Mckinley Parkway – 26th Avenue

The MMDA said affected roads will be opened by 7 p.m.

PNP: Mission ends only until last foreign delegate leaves Phl

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 12, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said security for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will remain until the last foreign delegate has left the country.

In a statement on Wednesday (December 11), PNP Officer-in-Charge Pol. Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said he has ordered the PNP security contingent to continue police visibility and provide assistance to SEA Games delegates.

“This mission ends only until after the last foreign delegate has left the country,” Gamboa said.—AAC

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