Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has recommended road closures, “class holidays,” and a ban on mall sales during the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games after imposing a stop-and-go scheme and a truck ban.
Road closure suggestion
MMDA Spokesperson, Celine Pialago, said that they were expecting Malacañang’s decision on the proposals last Monday, November 11.
During the nearly two-week games, centerpiece events such as athletics and swimming will be held at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, while other major sporting events like basketball, volleyball, and weightlifting will be conducted in Metro Manila.
Pialago said that road closures were recommended around the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, including parts of Adriatico Street and Pablo Ocampo Street.
Because the current sales ban only covers weekdays, MMDA also suggested banning sales on weekends for malls along EDSA and other SEA games routes, including billeting and sports venues.
Class holidays around Manila
Aside from the road closures, MMDA also urged that class holidays should be imposed from December 2 to 6 in 7 campuses around Manila, including some universities and colleges.
They also requested that the 4 lanes along North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) going to Balintawak southbound should be maximized, and even the route from Cavite to Laguna Expressway should also be utilized throughout the event.
At the Balintawak Toll Plaza, two dedicated toll lanes will be provided for SEA Games official vehicles which will be covered by NLEX traffic personnel. When the vehicles reach the main NLEX thoroughfare, the convoy will go along the leftmost lane.
20,000 to 30,000 expected visitors and spectators
In order to mobilize the traffic for the delegates, few days ago, MMDA also decided to implement a stop-and-go scheme along EDSA and other major roads and intersections. This means that traffic will be temporarily stopped while the delegates’ convoys are passing through.
They also coordinated with the Truckers’ Association of the Philippines to prohibit trucks from plying NLEX from 11 am to 6 pm on November 30. Truck drivers should make their deliveries earlier than 11 am.
To assist all the convoys, the MMDA will deploy 2,000 men along the yellow lanes.
Pialago said that the MMDA expects 20,000 to 30,000 visitors and spectators during the games, which will run from November 30 to December 11.