November 12, 2015
GOVT TO PUBLIC: EXPECT MORE APEC DRY RUNS
Expect more dry runs or simulations in the traffic flow as Metro Manila gears up for fine tuning of the preparations for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit November 17 to November 20.
During a media briefing on the APEC traffic management preparations at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) main office in Makati City, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras this afternoon announced that there will be dry runs on Saturday, November 14, in various APEC venues.
“I need to announce that there will be more dry-runs happening. On Saturday, there is a major dry run from 7 a.m. onwards. There will be practice convoys that will be timing their movements from hotels to certain venues,” Almendras said after the meeting with MMDA officials, headed by Chairman Emerson Carlos, on the traffic contingency plans for APEC week.
He also said that there might be a total closure of portion of Edsa to simulate traffic when a VIP or a head of state’s convoys pass through the major thoroughfare.
“We may even simulate an Edsa closure on Sunday, meaning ipa-praktis din naming ‘yung pagsara , complete closure ng Edsa for a 30-minute window on Sunday po,” Almendras said.
Fielding questions from newsmen regarding the APEC dry runs, Almendras said it is vital to conduct such simulations because the government personnel securing the 21 heads of state is under time and movement challenge.
“Kailangan mag dry run kasi po may timing sequence na kailangan. Isipin nlyo na lang po ‘yung welcome (ceremonies), 21 po ‘yung dadating sa PICC, one after the other. The dream is, we can do a sequence na yung gap is 1 to 2 minutes. So it would take us 42 minutes to be able to welcome and accept each of the head of economies . Pag may isa po dyan na trapik o naipit, instead of 2 minutes, the gap becomes 5 minutes . It will take more than hour just for them to arrive at the venue. Not even to start the meeting, not even to start the proceedings. Just the arrival in the venue po…that is why we need to practice the movements. That is why the movements are so well-coordinated, may sequence and timing issues ‘yung pagdating na ‘yun,” he said.
Almendras said 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,” he said.