Posted 1 week ago
There will be window hours for trucks during the truck ban imposed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) at the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) from Clark to Balintawak, and also along EDSA from Balintawak to Magallanes.
By Chito A. Chavez
Emmanuel Miro of the Technical Working Group on Traffic Management said trucks carrying perishable items will now be allowed from 12:01 A.M. to 4:00 A.M. from November 13 to 15.
Earlier, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Committee on Security, Peace and Order, and Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR) declared that all trucks and closed vans will be prohibited from traversing the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) from Clark to Balintawak from November 12 to 15 to ensure the smooth flow of traffic for the delegates to the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit.
Aside from SCTEX and NLEX, all heavy vehicles are also barred from traversing EDSA from Balintawak to Magallanes during the same period, according to which is composed of 21 member agencies.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) and CSPOEPR chairperson Catalino S. Cuy added that from November 11 to 15, motorists should expect intermittent traffic stops in the following designated ASEAN lanes in the Makati area: Arnaiz Avenue, Makati Avenue, Parkway Drive, and along EDSA in the Makati area.
During that period, rerouting will also be implemented along Sen. Jose W. Diokno Boulevard, Jalandoni, V. Sotto, Bukaneg, and A. Dela Rama in Pasay City while occasional traffic disruptions will be experienced along EDSA, Pasay Road, and Makati Avenue in Makati City. The same is also expected along EDSA in Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, and Quezon City.
Cuy also advised the public to plan their trips as the whole CCP Complex will be closed on the same dates after being designated as an ASEAN Delegates Zone.
“We urge the public to veer away from the said areas and take alternate routes to avoid being inconvenienced by the heavy traffic while the ASEAN Summit is ongoing,” he says.
The truck ban and rerouting scheme are part of the security preparations being carried out by the ASEAN CSPOEPR for a safe and peaceful ASEAN Summit.