I feel bad that many were caught in traffic at the start of the long weekend. Our bus from Clark met a traffic jam when we arrived in Manila. The ASEAN lane was already in place but it took us time to traverse towards the ASEAN lane. As you can see the video I took, the Southbound traffic is already congested. In some parts, there was Stop and Go, so there was no traffic beside us.
The traffic advisory for the affected areas due to the ASEAN summit has been announced for the past two weeks. In fact , last October 29, 2017, DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy said “motorists should avoid NLEX and EDSA where a stop-and-go scheme will be implemented every time an ASEAN convoy will pass.”
“With less than two weeks before the event, I urge the public to steer clear of said lockdown areas so that they will not be trapped just in case there is a passing a convoy,” Cuy said.
It is best to just stay at home or travel to areas far from EDSA.
Please take note of the following traffic advisory
1.These are the affected areas of the STOP and GO scheme.
- EDSA (Balintawak to Magallanes)
- Diokono Boulevard (Entertainment City to Buendia Ave,)
- Roxas Blvd. (Buendia Avenue to P. Burgos)
- Ayala Avenue (EDSA to Makati Avenue)
- Pasay Road (EDSA to Amorsolo)
- Lawton Avenue (BGC 5th avenue to SLEX)
- BGC 5th avenue (Lawton to 30th avenue)
- Mckinley (EDSA to BGC 5th avenue)
2. Lockdown in areas close to the venue of the ASEAN Summit
Watch the video below where the areas are during the complete lockdown:
- November 11 (10 p.m.) – Complete lockdown of SMX-MAAX Block, Pasay City
- November 12 (12:01 a.m. onwards) – Complete lockdown of CCP Complex, Pasay City
- November 13 (12:01 a.m. onwards) – Total lockdown of Roxas Boulevard starting from Padre Burgos Ave. to Buendia Ave., Manila
- November 13 (12:01 a.m. onwards) – Partial lifting of lockdown at SMX-MAAX Block, Pasay City
- November 13 (12 p.m. onwards) – Lifting of lockdown for Roxas Blvd. (Padre Burgos Ave. to Buendia Ave., Manila)
- November 14 – Continuous lockdown of CCP Complex, Pasay City
- November 15 (12 p.m. onwards) – Partial lifting of lockdown for CCP Complex, Pasay City
3. Effective NOV. 11-15, 2017 , all trucks and closed vans are not allowed to travel on EDSA, Roxas Boulevard, P. Burgos, Finance Road, and Ayala Boulevard
Also not allowed to traverse along SCTEX/NLEX from Clark to Balintawak and along EDSA from Balintawak to Magallanes.
4. All trucks and closed van MAY BE ALLOWED at SCTEX – NLEX and PART OF EDSA during window hours only.
This will be updated.
As Mike said on Twitter, let’s be aware of the traffic advisories . He added “Dear Friends, we were warned early about EDSA traffic, as we were warned during APEC and Pope visit in PNoy’s time. We can choose to either rant or take alternate routes. I used Manila inside roads w/help of Waze yesterday to avoid EDSA gridlock going to NLEX from Pasay and QC.”
In the meantime, travel south , or stay at home or avoid areas near EDSA. Enjoy your holidays.