Responding to a Crisis Like No Other

Video | 30 March 2020

ADB’s headquarters has been closed since 12 March, with most staff now working from home.

ADB’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has been swift and we remain ahead of the curve.

Transcript

The lockdown imposed on the Philippines’ capital to contain the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in an unusual cityscape.

Streets are empty, with only a few people out on errands, but ever mindful of the restrictions in place.

ADB’s headquarters has been closed since 12 March.

A skeletal crew remains in the building around the clock to keep the ‘lights on,’ while most staff are working from home.

ADB’s response has been swift and we remain ahead of the curve.

"We announced an initial $6.5 billion assistance package to respond to the pandemic," says ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa.

The package will support our developing members with technical assistance and quick-disbursing grants for the health sector.

Support for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, and domestic and regional trade is also included.

And this is just the beginning.

We are formulating an aggressive set of actions to protect the poor, the vulnerable, and the wider population from across the region.

And to ensure economies will rebound as swiftly as possible.