Ayala Avenue, other roads closed for WEF

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SOME roads in Makati City will be closed to vehicular traffic for the 23rd World Economic Forum (WEF)-East Asia that unfolds today in Pasay City.

The entire stretch of Ayala Avenue from the corner of Makati Avenue to Paseo de Roxas will be closed from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. today.

The Makati City Traffic Department advised motorists to take alternate routes such as Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue.

On Thursday, the roads fronting the Makati Shangri-La Hotel will be closed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.


Motorists can use the Parkway Drive near the hotel as well as Makati and Ayala Avenues going to their destinations.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has designated a special route for WEF delegates.

Emerson Carlos, MMDA assistant general manager, said the special route will be from Ayala Avenue to Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) straight to Macapagal Boulevard going to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the agency will implement a temporary modified truck ban scheme along Roxas Boulevard and Osmeña Highway on Thursday to give way to the forum.

The one-day truck ban will be from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Tolentino said the regular truck ban hours, which are from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., will be reinstated on Friday.

“We would only like to assure the efficient mobility of the WEF delegates in our major thoroughfares, especially in Makati and Pasay areas where the forum’s major events will take place,” he added.

The international conference will be held from May 21 to 23 in different venues in the cities of Makati and Pasay.

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