Preparations all set for ASEAN 2017

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 24) — Government is set to host the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on April 26 to 29.

In a press briefing Monday, Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa assured the public the police have all bases covered and are doing everything "humanly possible" to secure the event.

"We have rehearsed and fine-tuned all our systems and procedures for this event such that we have established [a] full backup system that will address any unforeseen situation that may arise," Dela Rosa said.

He said security forces are not leaving anything to chance, and have contingencies for any foreseeable scenario.

He added the PNP has fielded an ASEAN Security Task Force with more than 27,000 personnel to ensure security and peace and order.

Heads of state and government from 10 ASEAN member states are participating in the summit.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, and the Philippines.

On Sunday, the ASEAN 2017 Committee on Security, Peace and Order, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR) led by Interior Department Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy mobilized more than 40,000 personnel from different agencies for final preparations for the summit. 

The multi-agency contingent includes personnel from 21 government agencies, including the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and Land Transportation Office (LTO), and will be deployed to ensure the safety and security of all delegates.

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No terrorist threats

Dela Rosa also assured the public there are no imminent security threats directed at the summit.

He said government troops are monitoring all possible avenues of approach for terrorists.

This is in view of recent clashes between the Abu Sayyaf and government forces in Inabanga and Clarin, Bohol.

"We are giving our assurance to the public that the PNP is doing its best. We are putting our best foot forward," Dela Rosa said.

Heavy traffic expected

The ASEAN Summit will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex will be an "ASEAN delegates only" zone during the inclusive dates.

 

Authorities said heavy traffic is expected in the area, and have advised the public to take alternate routes.

In its official twitter account, the ASEAN 2017 Chairmanship said the following roads were declared "ASEAN Lanes":

  • Sen. W. Diokno Boulevard
  • Jalandoni Street
  • V. Sotto Street
  • Bukaneg Street
  • A. Dela Rama Street
  • Arnaiz Avenue
  • Makati Avenue
  • Parkway Drive

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Rerouting will be implemented on Sen. W. Diokno Boulevard, Jalandoni Street, V. Sotto Street, Bukaneg Street, and A. Dela Rama Street in Pasay City.

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Occasional traffic disruptions may happen on Arnaiz and Makati avenues in Makati City.

Malacañang has also declared work suspensions for the 30th ASEAN summit on April 27 and 28.

Work will be suspended on April 27 for government offices in Manila, Makati, and Pasay, according to Memorandum Circular 18 issued by Malacañang on Friday.

Classes and work for government and private offices in Metro Manila will be suspended on April 28.

READ: Palace declares work suspension for ASEAN Summit

To avoid inconvenience, the Manila International Airport Authority has advised the public- especially those with flights on the said days- to plan their trips ahead.

Authorities are also reminding passengers to be at the airport at least three hours before their flight.

This week's event is the first of two summits for the year. The Philippines is current chairman.

Of the 138 ASEAN-related meetings scheduled this 2017, two-thirds will be held in Manila.

The rest will be held at another summit in Clark and related meetings this November, which 22 heads of state -- including United Nations Secretary General António Guterres -- will attend.

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CNN Philippines' Ivy Saunar contributed to this report