HOW long will it take delegates to travel from their hotels to the venues of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Cebu, which will start next week?
How will changes made for their convenience—like temporary road closures—affect all other commuters on the road?
These are among the questions traffic authorities in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu examine today, when they conduct a dry run of traffic measures for the APEC events.
The dry run will start at 9 a.m.
“Makasinati gyud ta ug gamay nga epekto sa dagan sa traffic (This will affect traffic a little),” said Cebu City Traffic Office (CCTO) operations chief Jonathan Tumulak.
As part of the dry run, a convoy of vehicles will proceed from Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City to Mandaue City, using the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, then proceed to the Radisson Blu Hotel and Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu City.
Traffic managers in all three cities met yesterday to discuss their preparations.
While they met, an official of the Land Transportation Office suggested that during the meetings, residents of Cebu can stay at home or travel outside Metro Cebu during holidays and weekends.
He also suggested that they check schedules and advisories during the APEC meetings in Cebu. These will be posted on the Province’s official site, www.cebu.gov.ph, as well as its social media accounts: facebook.com/cebugovph and @cebugovph on Twitter.
“Keep up-to-date with traffic announcements as we can mostly determine ahead of time when to close the roads to clear the way for APEC delegates,” said LTO 7 Director Arnel Tancinco.
LTO 7 is coordinating with the traffic enforcement agencies in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu to come up with a comprehensive traffic plan for the meetings.
The plan includes rerouting vehicles, implementing one-way routes and closing roads at certain periods of the scheduled meetings.
About 3,000 delegates are expected to come to Cebu to attend the APEC meetings from Aug. 22 to Sept. 23. A separate set of meetings will also be held from Sept. 7 to Oct. 14.
Apart from the Marco Polo, Shangri-la and Radisson, the other official venues of the meetings are Cebu City Marriott Hotel and Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.
In case road closures and other changes will not be announced beforehand, Tancinco asked commuters and motorists to be patient and follow traffic rules.
In Mandaue City, roads such as Plaridel St. and portions of Ouano Ave. will be used by delegates.
Because of the dry run, Tumulak said, public utility jeepneys (PUJ) with routes along or near the APEC meeting venues will also be rerouted.
No roads will be closed, CTTO clarified.
However, Tumulak said, vehicles will have to give way to the convoy of the APEC delegates.
The whole stretch of Pope John Paul II Ave., formerly known as Juan Luna Ave., and portions of S. Osmeña Blvd. in Cebu City’s North Reclamation Area will be off-limits to PUJs during the dry run.
PUJs from Mandaue City that are bound for Cebu City will have to take Logarta St. and Urot St. in going to Cabahug St. in the reclamation area.
PUJs from the south and bound for SM City Cebu Terminal will have to proceed to J.L. Briones St., then make a U-turn at the end of the median island and back to their origin.
Representatives from LTO will also participate in today’s traffic dry run.
Traffic managers of the three cities agreed not to advise the public on the dry run in advance, to check how they will react to the changes.