MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now on full alert status as the 45th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors kicks off today.
Manila Police District (MPD) Director Chief Superintendent Alex Gutierrez said he has ordered a tightening of security in his jurisdiction as some of the delegates will stay in hotels in Manila.
Gutierrez said additional policemen will be deployed to hotels, restaurants, malls and other business establishements where some of the delegates are expected to visit.
Various checkpoints have been set up and some 3,000 policemen and soldiers have been deployed around the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and the SMX Convention Center, the main venues for the 4-day meeting.
A help desk for the foreign delegates was also set up by the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Criminal and Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
The annual event is expected to draw over 4,000 delegates consisting of ministers and senior government officials, business leaders, finance experts, and civil society representatives.
Courtesy lane, truck ban
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), meanwhile, said a courtesy lane along Roxas Boulevard will be allocated for the delegates.
MMDA said the courtesy lane, which will run from Vicente Sotto St. to Pedro Gil St., will be activated from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Tolentino said MMDA traffic enforcers will be placed along the lane to guide the delegates.
He also reminded truck drivers of the daytime truck ban.
He said trucks, except those carrying perishable goods, will be banned from using the road from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Trucks from North and South Harbor heading to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) should pass A. Bonifacio and R-10, right to C3 (Capulong), straight to Sgt. Rivera Avenue (5th Avenue), left to A. Bonifacio Avenue towards NLEX.
Because of the modified ban, the uniform truck ban from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on weekdays will be suspended.
The uniform truck ban will resume on May 6. - with reports from Zandro Ochona and Noel Alamar, dzMM