For the past 49 years, Asian leaders have been meeting up and interlinking their arms for the sake of unity and cooperation between their countries. Next week, the Philippines got the honour of hosting the Asian leaders in the 50th ASEAN Summit, and while they are busy putting their heads together to tackle world issues, most companies and employees are taking time off.
Starting November 10 until the 15th, access to certain roads and commercial businesses will be limited to the public to ensure the safety of the Asian leaders as they arrive into the country for the ASEAN Summit 2017. As an added precaution, the Philippine government declared 13th of November until the 15th as holidays.
Since the declaration was officially published and announced only on 23rd of October, 2017, there are those who were not able to plan any trips and chose to scratch their heads, wondering what they could do (and not) in Metro Manila during the ASEAN holidays.
Though we will not attempt to create a list of fun things to do in Metro Manila during those days (we trust in your creative minds will come up with something), the following is a selected list of how the ASEAN Summit will affect the general public:
ASEAN Road Lockdowns
The following roads will be closed to the public for both pedestrians and vehicles:
- SMX Convention Center (11:00 pm on November 11 to November 12)
- CCP Complex (November 12)
- Roxas Boulevard from Buendia to P. Burgos (November 13 from 12:01 AM until noon).
With the roads mentioned being closed during the upcoming ASEAN summit, the following roadways will be consequently affected from Nov 11 until the 15th:
- Clark Complex Along Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (Clark to NLEX)
- North Luzon Expressway (SCTEX to Balintawak)
- EDSA (Balintawak to Magallanes)
- Diokno Boulevard (Entertainment City to Buendia)
- Roxas Boulevard (Buendia to P. Burgos) CCP Complex
- Ayala (EDSA to Makati Avenue)
- Makati Avenue (Ayala to Pasay Road)
- Pasay Road (EDSA to Amorsolo)
- Lawton (5th Avenue to SLEX)
- 5th Avenue (Lawton to 30th Avenue)
- McKinley (EDSA to 5th Avenue)
View the video below to get a more visual look at where the roadblocks will be:
In line with the preparation for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will implement road closures and lockdowns in some parts of Metro Manila starting November 11, 2017. It is being spearheaded by the Committee on Security, Peace and Order, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR) under DILG.#ASEAN2017#31stASEANSummit
Posted by ASEAN 2017 on Friday, November 10, 2017
The following are the schedules of the local banks from November 13 to 15:
Banco de Oro (BDO) – All branches open at their regular schedules, except for BDO Roxas Boulevard Salas branch and EDSA-POEA branch, which will be closed.
Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI) and BPI Family Savings (BFB) – All branches open at their regular schedules except for certain ones. Check the following links to know if your preferred branch is open: BPI Advisory and BFB Advisory.
China Bank – All branches are open with shortened banking hours. Visit their website for the banking schedule of your preferred bank branch.
EastWest Bank – All branches are open during their regular working hours
Land Bank of the Philippines – All branches are open at their regular schedules, except for certain ones. Check the following link to know if your preferred branch is open: Land Bank Facebook Page Advisory.
Metrobank – All branches are open on their regular schedules, except for certain ones. Check the following link to know if your preferred branch is open: Metrobank Advisory.
Philippine National Bank – All branches are open during their regular working hours
Security Branch – All branches are open on their regular schedules, except for certain ones. Check the following link to know if your preferred branch is open: Security Bank Advisory.
Unionbank – All branches are open on their regular schedules, except for certain ones. Check the following link to know if your preferred branch is open: Unionbank Advisory.
United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) – Selected branches are open with special work schedules. Check the following link to know if your preferred branch is open and at what time: UCPB Advisory.
All malls are to remain open at their regular working hours with the exception of Mall of Asia Annex, S Maison, and SMX Convention Center, which will be closed starting 10 PM November 11 until midnight of November 12. The main Mall of Asia (MOA) will be business as usual during the 2017 ASEAN holidays.
The Philippine Metro Rail Transportation Line 3 (MRT-3) will be operational during the ASEAN Summit 2017. However, the complimentary bus service provided by the MMDA to make up for the recent breakdowns of the MRT-3 will not be available during the ASEAN week, but it might tentatively continue on the following week.
Class Suspension #walangpasok
For the 2017 ASEAN week, the classes for public and private school students of all levels in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga will be suspended on November 13, 14, and 15. It will be back to school for all students on the 16th and 17th, except for those in Metro Manila.
Special Non-Working Holiday Pay
Not all businesses and employees will be taking time off during the ASEAN holidays, and for the workers who will have to report in, they will benefit from receiving an additional 30% on top of their eight-hour wage. Overtime for these days will need to follow the usual special non-working holiday rates.
The upcoming ASEAN Summit 2017 will bring in leaders from 20 different countries, and with all the changes (or inconveniences for some) in the everyday life that will come about during the summit, there is comfort in knowing that the leaders are choosing words over violence.
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