• More traffic gridlock as APEC dry runs continue

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    MOTORISTS and commuters should prepare for more traffic gridlock as concerned government agencies are set to hold dry runs in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

    Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said another dry run will be held on Saturday in various APEC venues, which will require total closure of roads.

    “On Saturday, there is a major dry run from 7 a.m. onwards,” Almendras said duriing a briefing at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) main office in Makati City.

    He said convoys will simulate the movements of delegates from hotels to APEC venues.
    Almendras said portions of Edsa will be closed to traffic.

    “We may even simulate an Edsa closure on Sunday, meaning ipa-praktis din namin ‘yung pagsara, complete closure ng Edsa for a 30-minute window on Sunday po,” Almendras said.

    He noted that the previous APEC dry-runs along the designated routes had been “very good.”

    “The time estimates allowed the teams to exactly determine how long it will take to move from one venue to another,” Almendras said.

    MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos said the agency has been tasked by the APEC National Organizing Committee (NOC) to take charge of the deployment of traffic security assistance to the 21 heads of state and high ranking officials participating in the summit.

    Task Force Phantom, composed of motorcycle riding traffic enforcers and members of the Highway Patrol Group will serve as escorts for the convoys of the delegates.

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