EDSA, Quezon City (DWDD) – The 3rd convoy dry run for the ASEAN Summit earlier this morning was declared a success despite the bad weather condition as the entire convoy run from Clark International Airport in Pampanga to designated hotels in Metro Manila was completed in just about one hour and forty-five minutes with zero accident incidence.
Said convoy dry run tested three different scenarios all passing through the southbound lanes of Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), EDSA and heading to separate destinations. The first convoy went to Manila Hotel in Manila, the second headed to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig, and the third headed to The Peninsula in Makati City.
All three convoys proceeded to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila upon reaching the respective hotels which also tested the billet to venue scenario.
Speaking during the debriefing at the One Esplanade in Pasay City, ASEAN Security Task Force Commander (ASTF) Commander P/Dir. Napoleon C. Taas said Typhoon Ondette did not prevent the ASTF to push through with the dry run which proved to be successful despite the wet road and moderate to heavy rains during the convoy run.
“Even with the weather disturbance, we had to proceed with the dry run as scheduled so that we would be able to test how our troops would be able to cope with it, considering that it is not a remote possibility that there will be a typhoon during the actual event. And I am very pleased that the dry run turned out very well,” said Taas.
He said that close communication and inter-agency link among the 21-member agencies involved in the security preparations significantly contributed to the success of the 3rd convoy dry run.
“From beginners, we are now practitioners, let us capitalize the remaining time and simulate being experts as we get closer to the actual event,” Taas said.
He also reminded the Security Commanders of the various task groups that all deployed security personnel must be properly supervised and must have visibility vests and raincoats for their protection.
Likewise, he sternly reiterated previous warnings that they must refrain from taking videos and photos while on duty.
“We have to target specific personnel on the ground so that they will be able to properly comply with instructions and hardheaded personnel be reprimanded appropriately,” Taas said.
Emphasizing that weather is a very important consideration in all security preparations, Ambassador Marciano A. Paynor, Jr., Director General for Operations of the ASEAN National Organizing Council (NOC) suggested some key security formations, distances, and protocols to be followed in case of weather disturbances for the security of the ASEAN delegates and the safety of the security personnel on duty.
“We only have 28 days to go before the actual event. We need to perfect everything so that we will have a hassle-free, traffic free movement of our ASEAN delegates from airport to hotels and hotels to venue in all our ASEAN lanes in Manila and Pampanga,” Paynor said.
On the other hand, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Technical Working Group (TWG) Chairman on Traffic Management Emmanuel V. Miro thanked the NLEX management for its active support and participation for the success of all preparations for this international event.
He also expressed appreciation to the general riding public and the pedestrians for their patience in all the convoy dry runs and advised them to expect heavier traffic and road closures in greater parts of Makati, Pasay, Taguig, and Manila areas on the actual week-long event.
With barely a month to go before the actual summit, two more convoy dry runs will be conducted in the next two Sundays to test various intervals, light conditions, and scenarios. The first convoy dry was conducted on Sept 24, while the second one was done on October 8.
The series of convoy dry runs spearheaded by the TWG on Traffic Management is part of the preparations being undertaken by the Committee on Security, Peace and Order, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR) which is composed of 21-member agencies headed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). DILG/MCAG