SEA Games: NLEX to close section near Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening ceremony
Mark Escarlote on Jul 24, 2019 05:25 PM
A section on the North Luzon Expressway near the Philippine Arena will be closed for 12 hours for the opening of the 30th Southeast Asian Games on November 30 according to Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), Foundation chief operating officer Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara.
Organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian Games are looking at a 12-hour closure of a section of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) near the Philippine Arena on November 30.
The 55,000-seater indoor Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan will be hosting the biennial meet’s opening ceremony that will land on a Saturday and on Bonifacio Day.
“We are doing a thorough planning of the opening ceremony. You can imagine we have an opening ceremony on Nov. 30. Although that's a holiday, if we close NLEX for 12 hours, malaking ano yun [traffic],” said Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), Foundation chief operating officer Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara.
Phisgoc is working with the Philippine National Police and the NLEX management on the details of the closure with thousands of fans, athletes, officials and delegates from the 11 participating countries trooping the arena for opening ceremony.
“People have to plan from now on, na pagdating ng Nov. 29, magbiyahe na sila ng Baguio or somewhere north. Kasi pagdating ng Nov. 30 ng 12:00 noon, sarado na ang NLEX hanggang midnight. That's a 12-hour window.
After nun, aalis na ang lahat ng tao na manonood ng opening ceremony,” Suzara said.
“These things will be convenient for us. This is the suggestion of the Iglesia ni Cristo. Kasi alam mo naman yung likod ng Philippine Arena, masikip. Main highway lang talaga tayo, NLEX lang. This takes a lot of planning with the PNP and NLEX also,” he added.
The SEA Games will last until December 11 with 530 events across a record 56 sports to be held in venues in Manila, Clark, Subic, Tagaytay, Laguna, La Union and Batangas.
Concerns of traffic congestions has been raised with the country’s hosting of the biennial meet especially with it landing near the Christmas season.
“We are trying to solve this,” said Suzara.
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