By Jel Santos
At least 2, 000 personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be deployed in key areas in Metro Manila to help manage traffic during the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from November 30 to December 11.
The MMDA will also give motorcycle and mobile car escorts, ambulances, tow trucks as well as monitoring of road activities during the SEA Games.
Thousands of athletes, sports officials, coaches, spectators and guests at sports and non-sports venues are expected to arrive in the country for the 12-day event.
The areas where they will gather are 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.
MMDA said Stop-and-go traffic scheme will be implemented on EDSA, other major roads and intersections to give way to the convoy of vehicles going to and from the said venues.
Occasional traffic disruptions might also be experienced on both directions of EDSA as delegates’ convoy passes through roads and intersections.
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.
The convoy carrying delegates will utilize the yellow lane, flyover, and underpasses while traveling along EDSA.
According to MMDA, these are the chokepoints: 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.
MMDA personnel have already conducted clearing operations to rid roads of obstructions.
Meantime, other SEA Games Clusters where traffic congestion is expected are Clark, Subic, Southern Luzon and others. The MMDA’s preparation is in coordination with the Philippine Sea Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), PNP, LGUs, government agencies and stakeholders.