MMDA to impose a "stop and go" traffic scheme on EDSA during SEA Games

Updated Nov 27, 2019 | Same topic: Latest Traffic Updates

During the length of the 2019 SEA Games, the MMDA will impose a "stop and go" traffic scheme on EDSA.

1. The Stop-and-Go traffic scheme

The 2019 Southeast Asian Games is slated to be held in the country from November 30 to December 11, which means that the Christmas traffic is about to reach the boiling point. In anticipation of this, the Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) will implement a “stop and go” traffic scheme on major roads, including EDSA, for the duration of the event. 

This scheme will make it easier for the delegates to move between venues as they compete in various sports, as well as the visiting heads of state and dignitaries who will arrive to lend their support to their chosen athletes. The agency said that it will be deploying around 2,000 personnel in several key areas to help manage traffic flow and provide additional security for the visiting foreigners.

Stop and go scheme implemented during APEC

Events involving foreign dignitaries such as the APEC Summit typically call for a traffic management scheme

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2. So how will this work?

In a statement, the MMDA said that traffic will be temporarily stopped to give way to convoys of delegates or dignitaries passing through selected roads and intersections. The convoys will also be made to use the yellow lane, underpasses, and flyovers when travelling along EDSA.

Areas with expected traffic disruptions on both directions
  • Roxas Boulevard
  • Taft Avenue
  • Ayala, Buendia
  • Shaw Boulevard
  • Megamall
  • Santolan
  • SM North
  • Muñoz
  • Balintawak
  • Shaw Boulevard
  • Boni Serrano
  • Buendia corner Macapagal
  • Ayala Magallanes
  • Roxas Boulevard
  • Balintawak
  • Muñoz
  • SM North
  • Cubao
  • Santolan
  • Ortigas

Here’s a list of possible chokepoints during the 2019 SEA Games:

Possible chokepoints
SLEX North Bound
Mindanao Ave –North Ave. to NLEX in Quezon City
  • Roxas Blvd. corner Buendia
  • Roxas Blvd. corner P. Ocampo
  • Roxas Blvd. P. Burgos
  • Taft Avenue corner P. Ocampo
  • Adriatico RMSC Area
  • Quirino corner Adriatico
San Juan City
  • Shaw Boulevard corner Pioneer in Pasig City
  • N. Domingo-FilOil
  • Lawton Ave. corner Bayani Road

>>> Have you known MMDA seeks to continue the ban on driver-only vehicles on EDSA?

A picture of a convoy with police escorts

Expect to see convoys during the 2019 SEA Games 2019 as there will be many VIPs present for the event

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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