Heavy traffic expected in Metro Manila on Oct. 15 due to ASEAN convoy dry run

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) — If you're looking forward to an easy drive this Sunday in the metro and the north expressways, you might want to read this first.

The ASEAN Security Task Force will be conducting its third convoy dry run in Metro Manila on October 15, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Thursday.

"The 3rd convoy dry run is part of the intensified security preparations for the upcoming 31st ASEAN Summit in November this year," the DILG said in a statement.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Technical Working Group on Traffic Management chair Emmanuel Miro urged motorists and travelers to take alternate routes during the dry run.

The dry run on October 15 will affect the southbound lanes of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, the North Luzon Expressway and EDSA, as well as several areas in Makati, Taguig, Pasay and Manila.

The three convoys, which will all start from Clark International Airport in Pampanga, will proceed to The Manila Hotel in Manila, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City and The Peninsula Manila in Makati City, Miro added.

From here, the convoys will proceed to the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, affecting Jalandoni St., Arnaiz St. and V. Sotto St. in Pasay City.

Other routes that will be affected include:

  • The Skyway, Buendia Extension, J. W. Diokno Boulevard and Roxas Boulevard
  • McKinley Street and 5th to 30th Streets in Taguig City
  • Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue in Makati City

The DILG said the routes are all part of the ASEAN ceremonial lanes.

Miro appealed for the public's patience and understanding "as we continue to enhance and upscale the security preparations amidst the very huge challenge of ensuring the safety of our ASEAN delegates during the actual event."

The Philippines is in the homestretch of preparations for its hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders' summit and a meeting with its dialogue partners in November.

U.S. President Donald Trump is among the confirmed attendees of the event.

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