MAKATI CITY, Nov. 7 (PIA)--The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will deploy some 2,000 of its personnel in key areas in the metropolis to help manage traffic flow and provide assistance during the country's hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
According to MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, the agency will provide personnel and equipment along designated routes for seamless movement of delegates from airport to billeting hotels, sports venues and other engagement areas at the least inconvenience to the general public.
"Aside from deployment of traffic personnel to strategic areas, we shall provide motorcycle and mobile car escorts, ambulances, tow trucks as well as monitoring of road activities during the SEA Games," said Lim.
The 12-day event which will take place from November 30 to December 11, is expected to gather thousands of athletes, sports officials, coaches, spectators and guests at 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.
A stop-and-go traffic schemes will be implemented on EDSA and other major roads and intersections to facilitate the fast movement of the delegates to different venues. Likewise, a temporary stop of traffic will be observed as delegates' convoy passes through roads and intersections.
Motorists are also advised that occasional traffic disruptions might be experienced on both directions of EDSA. On northbound, affected areas are: Roxas Blvd, Taft Avenue, Ayala, Buendia, Shaw Boulevard, Megamall, Santolan, SM North, Munoz and Balintawak. On southbound, affected portions are Balintawak, Munoz, SM North, Cubao, Santolan, Ortigas, Shaw Boulevard, Boni Serrano, Buendia corner Macapagal, Ayala Magallanes, and Roxas Blvd.
Convoy carrying delegates will use the yellow lane, flyover and underpasses while traveling along EDSA.
The MMDA also identified chokepoint areas: SLEX Northbound; Mindanao Avenue- North Ave to NLEX in Quezon City; Roxas Blvd corner Buendia, Roxas Blvd corner P. Ocampo, Roxas Blvd P. Burgos, Taft Avenue corner P. Ocampo, Adriatico RMSC Area, Quirino corner Adriatico, in Manila City; Shaw Boulevard corner Pioneer in Pasig City; N. Domingo-FilOil in San Juan City; and Lawton Avenue corner Bayani Road in Taguig.
To maximize road space for all road users, the MMDA chief added that traffic personnel has started conducting clearing operations of all obstructions and eyesores along the routes with the assistance of the Philippine National Police and concerned Metro local government units starting this week towards the event.
Meanwhile, other SEA Games Clusters where traffic congestion is expected include Clark, Subic, Southern Luzon and others.
MMDA's preparation is in coordination with the Philippine Sea Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), PNP, LGUs, other government agencies and stakeholders. (PIA-NCR/MMDA)