MANILA CITY – The Manila Police District (MPD) announced that certain areas will not be passable to the motorists ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the Philippines this week, local reports said.
The MPD, through its Traffic Enforcement Unit, told the general public to expect heavy traffic around the areas to be closed and find alternative routes during the state visit of the Chinese leader today until wednesday
Below are the list of roads closed:
* North and southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak Drive to P. Ocampo Street
* North and southbound lane of Bonifacio Drive from Anda Circle to Katigbak Drive; east and westbound lane of P. Burgos from Lagusnilad to Roxas Boulevard; east and westbound lane of Finance Road from Taft Avenue to P. Burgos; east and westbound lane of T. M. Kalaw from M. H. del Pilar to Roxas Boulevard; east and westbound lane of Pres. Quirino Avenue from M. H. del Pilar to Roxas Boulevard; east and westbound lane of P. Ocampo from Mabini to Roxas Boulevard; east and westbound lane of Ayala Boulevard from Solano to Taft Avenue and the stretch of Solano from P. Casal to J. P. Laurel Street.
Here are the alternate routes:
* All vehicles coming from F. B. Harrison Street shall turn right to P. Ocampo or go straight to Mabini to point of destination;
* All vehicles coming from three bridges (Jones, McArthur & Quezon) going to Roxas Boulevard via P. Burgos shall go straight to Taft Avenue to point of destination;
* All vehicles coming from Ayala Boulevard shall turn left or right to Taft Avenue to point of destination;
* All vehicles coming from westbound lane of T. M. Kalaw shall turn left to M. H. del Pilar to point of destination; and
* All vehicles coming from westbound lane of Pres. Quirino Avenue shall turn left to Adriatico Street to point of destination.
For truck route:
All cargo trucks traveling Osmeña Highway should turn right on Pres. Quirino Avenue, straight ahead to Nagtahan Bridge, A. H. Lacson, Yuseco Street, crossing Jose Abad Santos Avenue and go straight to Raxabago and Capulong Streets to point of destinations;
All cargo trucks intending to utilize southbound truck route coming from pier area should take the northbound lane of R-10, then turn right to Capulong straight to Yuseco Streets to A. H. Lacson Avenue to point of destination.
Earlier, Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada ordered the suspension of classes and work in city government offices on November 20 to make way for Xi’s first visit to Manila.
“The highlights of the activity will be a visit to Malacañang and wreath laying ceremony in Rizal Monument, Luneta Park, Manila,” Estrada’s executive order 41 stated.
Also, the Supreme Court said it would suspend work in all courts in Manila City, heeding the recommendation of the MPD.
"In view of EO 41, s. 2018 of Mayor Joseph Estrada and upon the recommendation of the Office of the Court Administrator and the police in the interest of public order and safety, work in all courts in Manila, including the SC and CA (Court of Appeals), is suspended tomorrow, November 20, per SAJ (Senior Associate Justice) Antonio Carpio," the SC Public Information Office said in a Twitter post.
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