Authorities fine-tune logistics, security for APEC summit

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The area near the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) is expected to be placed under a very strict security protocol next week.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It's all systems go for the security preparations for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Metro Manila next week.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will hold a final dry run on Saturday (November 14).

By next week, the area near the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) is expected to be placed under a very strict security protocol given that it will be the venue of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting from November 18 to 19.

Just several meters away is Sofitel, where United States of America President Barack Obama will be staying.

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Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of policemen will secure the area, and all surrounding roads of the PICC will be closed to traffic starting Monday (November 16).

From November 16 to 20, Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak Road to P. Ocampo Street will be closed to traffic. Several roads in the Mall of Asia area will also be shut down starting November 18 to give way for the APEC activities there. Meanwhile, the two innermost lanes of EDSA will also be dedicated to APEC delegates from November 16 to 20.

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Century Park Hotel, located on P. Ocampo Street in Manila, where Chinese President Xi Jinping will be billeted.

Authorities said Chinese officials raised several security concerns, particularly anti-China protests that may happen during the conduct of the APEC summit. But after talking with the PNP, the embassy officials were satisfied with the security preparations.

As an added security feature, the PNP will also deploy several teams to protect or secure the Chinese Embassy in Makati.

A multi-agency coordination center, where around 18 government agencies and some private entities will monitor the situation on the ground, has also been set up for the APEC meet.

CCTV cameras were also installed so that authorities can immediately respond in case of an emergency.