ADB meeting kicks off smoothly — MMDA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said Monday that the opening day of the 55th Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting in Mandaluyong City went on smoothly.

MMDA acting chairperson Carlo Dimayuga III said the agency assisted the Philippine National Police in ensuring the trouble-free flow of traffic around the ADB headquarters at Ortigas Center.

The event is being attended by foreign delegates and will run until 30 September.

“The collaboration of the PNP, MMDA, and concerned local government units has resulted in peace and order in the area that would boost both economic activity and tourism in the National Capital Region,” Dimayuga said.

“We want to offer the ADB delegations a good and secure stay while hosting the annual meeting,” he added, referring to some 350 delegates attending ADB’s meeting of its board.

The MMDA said it deployed 500 personnel along the ADB-dedicated route for the seamless movement of delegates from the airport to the billeting hotels, venues, and other engagement areas, and vice versa, at the least inconvenience to the general public.

MMDA is in charge of traffic management, closed-circuit television monitoring, emergency preparedness and response, road safety, road clearing and cleaning operations, and flood mitigation.

ADB special lanes along Saint Francis and Bank Drive were set up to give way to the delegates’ convoy on 28 to 29 September. The EDSA Busway Carousel lane was also utilized as the primary route of the delegates’ convoys.

Traffic personnel from the PNP, Mandaluyong, and Pasig local government units, and the security forces of the Ortigas Center have also implemented traffic directions and control along the ADB routes.

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