Manila 2018: General Information | Asian Development Bank

Manila 2018: General Information

Annual Meeting schedule

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held from Thursday, 3 May to Sunday, 6 May 2018.

Key dates:

  • Online registration opens: 15 January 2018
  • Meetings, Seminars and Networking Events: 3–6 May 2018
  • Opening Session: 5 May 2018
  • Business Session: 5 May 2018

Location

Asian Development Bank Headquarters
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City
1550, Philippines 
+63 2 632 4444

Organizing committee

Annual Meeting Coordination Office
Office of The Secretary, Asian Development Bank
Contact information

Hotels

Check-in is normally from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, while check-out is at 12:00 noon. Participants arriving in the early morning may wish to book for the night before arrival to ensure availability of rooms. Early check-in and late check-out requests are subject to room availability and with corresponding cost.

Hotel accommodation:

  • ADB Member delegations
    Hotel bookings for delegates of ADB members can be made through their respective ADB Board representatives. Block booking process started on 10 October 2017. Please contact your ADB Board representative for details.

  • Observers, Guests, Media, NGOs and CSOs
    Rajah Travel has been designated as the hotel booking manager for the Annual Meeting. Please send your inquiries to: ADB Annual Meeting Help

Visa

Nationals from several countries who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports are valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay. See if your country of citizenship requires a visa to enter the Philippines.

For a complete list of visa requirements and procedures, please refer to the advisory on visa and immigration guidelines for the 51st Annual Meeting, Manila. Please note that the Philippine Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) require a 10-day processing period for the issuance of visa. Details of the Annual Meeting participants are forwarded to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for pre-clearance. To avoid late issuance of visas, it is advisable to submit visa applications at the FSPs the soonest.

Health

A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers coming from an infected area. Visit these websites for more medical information about Philippines.

Insurance

Travelers must obtain medical or travel insurance prior to travelling to the Philippines.

Security

Security access control measures will be strictly enforced in all the Annual Meeting venues. To ensure safety, participants are required to visibly wear their identification badges at all times in the meeting venues. Participants will also be required to go through security checks and have their belongings screened, and if necessary, searched. Delegates may be asked to deposit any items not permitted into the venues.

The provision of this country advisory, as well as content of this site, shall be governed by International SOS’ standard terms and conditions, a copy of which shall be available upon request.

Airport

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is the main gateway that serves more than 30 airlines that fly to different cities around the world.

NAIA Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 serves all international flights including Cebu Pacific Air and domestic flights by PAL Express.

NAIA Terminal 2 is the exclusive terminal of the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) for both international and domestic operations. Whereas, NAIA Terminal 4 hosts the operations of other local carriers.

NAIA provides an airport shuttle service for passengers with onward flights to other terminals (Terminals 2, 3, and 4) 24 hours daily and free of charge.

Local transport

A. Airport Transfer

Annual Meeting participants staying in ADB partner hotels (Citadines, Crowne Plaza, Discovery Suites, EDSA Shangri-La, Holiday Inn, Joy-Nostalg, Marco Polo, and Mercure Hotels) may take the regular shuttle service for free by showing the Annual Meeting confirmation letter or the Annual Meeting badge. For the shuttle schedules, proceed to the Transportation and Information desks located at the airport terminals.

B. In-City Transport

Several hotels are within 10-15 minutes walking distance to and from the ADB Headquarters. For participants who require transport, there are three light rail lines (LRT1, LRT2 and MRT) that ply through Metro Manila. The Metro Rail Transit or MRT passes through the central business districts of Makati and Ortigas. The ADB Headquarters is within three to five-minute walking distance from the Ortigas station of the MRT. Participants may also avail of car rental services offered by hotels and transport providers.

Passengers should utilize hotel service taxis whenever possible. This is particularly important for those who are new to the Manila area and unfamiliar with multiple routes leading to the desired destination. While hotel taxis are approximately twice the cost of meter taxis that are hailed on the street, drivers are usually vetted by the hotel. When taking a hotel taxi is not practical, the practice of hailing taxis from the curbside should be avoided. It is a safer practice to book a taxi over the telephone from a reliable taxi company, or an online booking service/application for Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) such as Grab or Uber. The dispatcher should be able to provide the license plate number of the taxi to be sent to your location, along with the name of the driver. If this information cannot be provided, you should seek a ride from another company. At this time, there have been no major security issues reported to ADB regarding ride-sharing services.

The following taxi companies have a reputation for employing good drivers and properly maintained vehicles:

Taxi Company Phone Number(s)
Basic Taxi 961-7777/ 352-7777/ 362-2742
0942-8701223, 0915-9668689; 0999-9987541
Dollar Taxi 921-2383/ 441-0718/ 897-2478; 0922-393-0932
Avis 718-4066
MGE Taxi 363-6096, 366-6214, 364-8260
R & E Taxi 362-1890, 330-1654, 362-9089

Manila is the capital of the Philippines. Strategically located at the center of Southeast Asia, it was the first “global city” that connected Asia, the Americas and Europe during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade in the 1500s. Prior to this, it was a bustling trading outpost for goods from China and other Asian neighbors. Today, it is a cosmopolitan city with a rich history and unique fusion of East and West, meshed with modern and traditional influences. Cited as a “rising star” in foreign direct investments by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia (UNESCAP), the country of the Philippines is a regional hub with a world-class workforce, stable democracy, sound financial fundamentals and steady economic growth.

Language

Filipino is the national language. English is the business language and is widely spoken.

Time zone

Manila is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8).

Business Hours

Private and government offices hold office either from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on weekdays. Some private companies are open on Saturdays until 12:00 noon.

Currency Exchange and Credit Cards

The currency of Philippines is the Peso. As of 9 November 2017, the exchange rate is Php 51.38 = USD$ 1. Exchange counters and ATMs are available both at the airport, at the hotel lobby, and at in-house banks at ADB Headquarters. International credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, and Visa are widely accepted.

Climate

In May the average temperature in May is 32°C to 35°C. Light, casual clothes are recommended.

Electric Current

Electrical sockets in the Philippines are usually 220 volts AC, using type “A” electrical sockets. For other types of plugs, you may wish to bring an adaptor.

International Direct Dialing (IDD)

The Philippine code is +63 and the area code is 2.

Emergency Numbers

  • Police: 117
  • National Emergency Hotline: 911

Smoking Restrictions

Smoking in public places is strictly prohibited per the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (Republic Act 9211). Violators may be fined.

Other Information

Explore the beautiful islands and thriving cities of the Philippines and experience Filipino hospitality with Rajah Travel’s pre- and post-meeting tours specially designed for ADB Annual Meeting participants.

For more information, go to https://www.rajahtravel.com/promo/51st-adb-annual-meeting-2018

Fort Santiago, Manila
Palawan
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