MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Ten member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will be in attendance at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) in Manila on November 18 to 19.
At least 1,800 domestic and international flights will be affected by the closure of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway as part of preparations for the arrival and departure of APEC leaders in Manila, including US President Barack Obama, for the summit.
NAIA terminals will be used exclusively for the heads of state attending the APEC meeting.
No other airport in the world closes its runways or terminals during international meetings. Only in the Philippines.
As a result of the airport closure, the Philippines’ own Economic Development Authority and Department of Tourism have said that the country will lose millions of dollars because of cancellations of business meetings and tourism trips to the Philippines.
Airlines and hotels have reported that customers have cancelled their reservations as a result of the APEC meeting. Other local businesses stand to lose potential revenue as well.
Additionally, the government will be suspending school classes as well as work in both the private and public sectors for four days during the meeting. Metro Manila will come to a standstill, with lots of productivity lost.
Economic experts find it ironic that an international economic meeting will wreak havoc on the economy of a host country.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Noynoy Aquino today fired his Transportation Secretary, Joseph Emilio Abaya, after the Philippine president experienced first hand being caught in a traffic jam on EDSA, Metro Manila’s main and busiest thoroughfare.
“Last night, I passed through EDSA and I really felt the traffic that our citizenry go through every single day and night,” Aquino said.
A couple of months ago, Abaya angered Filipinos with his insensitive remarks that Metro Manila’s traffic, while really bad, “is not fatal.”
In addition to Abaya, Aquino’s limousine driver was also fired for subjecting the president to the nightmarish EDSA traffic. “He could have taken the side streets and used “wang-wang,” the presidential spokesman said. “Wang-wang is a colloquial term for “siren.”
Because of the traffic delay, Aquino reportedly missed his scheduled mahjong session with his sister, Kris and her friend and co-anchor Boy Abunda.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Just in time for the holidays, the number coding for vehicles plying Metro Manila’s main thoroughfares will be suspended and replaced with letter coding, a move that officials are confident will finally solve the nightmarish traffic in the metroplis.
The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program or number coding scheme implemented by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is a huge headache for any car owner. Depending on the circumstances, this rule can mean a day of no commuting for people or families who own only one car.
In a nutshell, this rule prevents car owners from driving in some parts of Metro Manila depending on the last number of their vehicle’s number plate. Those ending in 1 and 2 are not allowed to travel on Monday; 3 and 4 on Tuesday; 5 and 6 on Wednesday; 7 and 8 on Thursday; and 9 and 0 on Friday.
The new letter scheme, a brainchild of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, works this way:
- Each registered vehicle will be given a letter sticker to be displayed on the front and rear windows
- Those with the letters A-G are not allowed to travel on Monday; H-P on Tuesday; Q-V on Wednesday; and W, X, Y and Z on Thursday.
- Friday is a free for all — all vehicles will be allowed regardless of assigned letter
- Motorcyles, tricylces and horse-driven carriages (kalesa) are exemptd from letter coding
The new traffic regulations will go into effect on December 1 this year, just in time for the Christmas shopping season.
Motor vehicle drivers are advised to bring their vehicle registrations to their nearest Land Transportation Office (LTO) to receive their assigned letter stickers.