Manila To Shut Down For 4 Days As Philippines Hosts APEC Summit

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The Philippine nation is abuzz in anticipation of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) Summit that will be hosted in Manila from November 18th-19th.

While there is a lot of honor in being chosen to host the APEC Summit, considered “the most prestigious business event in the region, the way that President Aquino has chosen to deal with it has caused some concern.

Having declared November 17th-20th to be holidays, the president will essentially be shutting Manila down for 4 days as an effort to transform Manila into a more welcoming place for the expected foreign dignitaries.

Manila Policemen practicing security measures in anticipation of the APEC Summit. Photo Source: Sunstar

Manila Policemen practicing security measures in anticipation of the APEC Summit. Photo Source: Sunstar

While no one generally minds taking a day off of work, November 18th and 19th have been declared ‘special non-working holidays’ for those in the NCR region – which means that no work also equals no pay.

In addition, all government offices and schools will be closed on the 17th and 20th of November. A four-day holiday certainly won’t do any good for the economy or for the individuals who are counting on their daily pay, but President Aquino seems determined to “please the [APEC Summit] guests at the public’s expense.”

The idea behind the declared holidays seems to be to cut down on the monstrous amount of traffic that plagues Manila’s commuters on a daily basis.

In addition to shutting down most businesses for the duration of the APEC Summit, hundreds of flights to and from Manila have been canceled, both domestic and international, in an effort to reduce the air traffic.

 

Photo of world leaders at the 2014 APEC Summit. Photo Source: CNTV

Photo of world leaders at the 2014 APEC Summit. Photo Source: CNTV

If you or someone you know was expecting to catch a flight between November 17th and 20th, be sure to check the list of canceled flights to find out whether it will still be departing as scheduled.

While we understand that President Aquino is trying to assure the safety of the long list of important world leaders who will be in Manila for the APEC Summit, including the US’s President Obama, Russia’s President Putin, and China’s President Xi Jinping, the way he is going about it seems to be a little backwards.

Between the hit on tourism due to the canceled flights and the lack of wages being paid on the special nonworking holidays, Manila Times has declared this to be “the first negative economic achievement of the summit.”

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